Yoga Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara literally means salute to the sun. It finds its roots in worship of Surya, the sun god. This sequence of activities and poses can be practiced as a physical exercise or a complete “sadhana” which incorporates exercise postures, breathing exercises, and profound meditation. A full round of these poses (asanas) are completed with two sets of the twelve postures comprising of forward and backward stretch of the spine. The orthodox time preference for practicing this routine is sunrise when optimum benefits for the spirit and the body can be reaped.
The rewards of Surya Namaskara are many. It is the best exercise for achieving fitness. It includes a warm up session as well as the main exercise. In this present day and time, as every individual faces a time-crunch it is difficult to exercise regularly, but with just fifteen minutes of this yoga, maximum results and infinite benefits can be obtained.