For centuries now, Yoga has proved itself to be the most authentic way of living. Many ancient sages of yore have emphasized its relevance to a balanced lifestyle through tried and tested means. Ancient texts and scriptures or Vedas confirm the supreme divinity of physical, mental, emotional and social sanctity.

Therefore, Yoga is not merely a practice. It is lifestyle. An ode to the creator of mankind. Consider human body as a temple and yoga is a form to preserve and nurture the temple for many years to come. Advancement in the field of health and wellness have led to various forms of wellness regimens to boost physical and mental resilience. However, Yoga calmly makes its way through its practitioners carving subtle differences in the body, mind and soul through consistent application.

One such form is the “Surya Namaskar” or “Sun Salutation”.

Surya Namaskar is an ancient art of yogic practice. It is a way to pay our respects to the Sun. Why Sun? Well, Sun is the source of life. It is a source of energy. Our body is made up of solar energy as well. Surya Namaskar is a practice to strengthen inner resources by awakening solar plexus in our body. Solar plexus is located behind the navel. Regular practice expands the gooseberry sized solar plexus to a palm-sized one multiplying benefits to the human body in addition to building flexibility.

It sharpens intuitive abilities, creativity and decision-making, enhances concentration, and develops interpersonal relationships by enhancing listening skills. Surya Namaskar also plays a vital role in slowing down the ageing process, enhances blood circulation, keeps skin young, and prevents hair loss.

Surya Namaskar also aids weight loss. Here’s how! 

A single round of Sun Salutation comprises of 12 asanas (positions). Each set consists of 2 rounds that includes stretching the right and the left side of the body at a considerable pace. Therefore, 12 sets of Surya Namaskar enables you to complete 288 asanas in 15 to 20 minutes (12sets X 2Rounds per set X 12asanas). It can be practiced anytime during the day however it is best performed at sunrise as our inner resources have high potential to absorb the energy of the sun. A very large number of people perform 108 cycles of Surya Namaskar at a time to build greater endurance and flexibility.

So what are you waiting for? Start now! A small investment in yourself can pave the way towards an authentic lifestyle. 


  • Hithakshi Kotyan

    Author | People Development Specialist | Harvard Member | Positive Psychology Coach

    Hithakshi is an Author and Senior Learning Specialist with Priceline Technology, India. She has worked and consulted global organisations to drive personal and workplace excellence. The underlying themes of her programs are rooted in the areas of Career Pivots, Self-Leadership, Personal Productivity, and Well-being. She is the author of "The Future of Work In An Evolving Economy", a Member of Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square and Business Intelligence Board Member at the Chief Learning Officer Publication. Hithakshi is a Certified Instructional Designer, a Positive Psychology Coach, and a Behavioural Interpreter.