Surya Namaskar

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Surya Namaskar signifies paying homage to (Lord) Sun deity. It is a very ancient Indian system of exercise. Facing east, in the early hours of morning, one standing with serene mind offers prayer to Lord Surya with Surya Namaskar. "Along with physical drill, Surya Namaskar has religious importance also. Surya Namaskara is a graceful combined sequence of twelve positions. Through this sequence of twelve positions, the whole body is well exercised. Surya Namaskar also improves eye luster. As a matter of fact, these twelve positions are ten different asanas, as well as two positions: the initial position and the final position. As all these exercises are simple, every one can do them easily. These twelve positions make one complete Surya Namaskar . 1. Aum Mitraya Namah 2. Aum Ravayre Namah 3. Aum Suryaya Namah 4. Aum Bhanave Namah 5. Aum Khagaya Namah 6. Aum Pushne Namah 7. Aum Hiranyagarbhaya Namah 8. Aum Marichaye Namah 9. Aum Adityaya Namah 10. Aum Savitre Namah 11. Aum Arkaya Namah 12. Aum Bhaskaraya Namah Meaning of Surya Namaskar Mantra: 1. Who is friendly to all 2. The shining one, the radiant one 3. Who is the dispeller of darkness and responsible for bringing activity 4. One who illumines, the bright one 5. Who is all-pervading, one who moves through the sky 6. Giver of nourishment and fulfillment 7. Who has golden color brilliance 8. The giver of light with infinite number of rays 9. The son of Aditi, the cosmic divine Mother 10. One who is responsible for life 11. Worthy of praise and glory 12. Giver of wisdom and cosmic illumination

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