Friday, March 5, 2021

Saluting the sun

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Melbourne’s Rashi Kapoor demonstrates the health benefits of a daily Surya Namaskar practice

- Advertisement -

The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) is a powerful sequence of 10-12 poses specifically designed to work out all parts of the body and stretch the spine. It is said that Surya Namaskar contains the entire practice of yoga within it. But what does that mean? If you examine the postures that make up the sun salutations, you get a wide range of movements: forward bend, back bend, being still, lengthening the spine, grounding the feet, strengthening the upper body, stretching the hamstrings, expanding the lungs and more. That is why Surya Namaskar is the ideal way to warm the body at the beginning of a yoga practice. Even if you do not intend to practice yoga, the sun salutation is a great way to start the day, as it also works on the mind. By hearing the breath and holding the gaze (drishti), these movements allow us to centre ourselves and to quiet our wandering mind.

This exercise has many health benefits. Its regular practice helps with increased energy levels, increased radiance, strengthening of the immune system, improved digestion, eyesight and life span and improvement in overall health. Above all, we are invoking the grace of the Lord in the sun to illuminate our path.

Melbourne’s Rashi Kapoor, pictured here, has been doing the Surya Namaskar on a daily basis for many years now.

“I first learnt it as a child as my family is quite into yoga,” she told Indian Link. “It was when I joined the Art Of Living in 2009 that the penny dropped for me about the benefits of this routine. I’ve been doing it daily since.”

A dedicated yoga enthusiast, Rashi rises at four each morning to put in an hour of yoga. This typically includes ten full rounds of Surya Namaskar.

She revealed it helps her control her mind as well as body.

“It is uplifting and relaxing, and as a student it helped me calm the nerves during exam time as well!”

Twenty three-year-old Rashi, an accountant by background, is currently preparing for the Victorian finals of the Miss World Australia competition in July. Already well-known in the Indian community for her many public appearances, such as when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited in November last year, we’re fully behind her to go far in this competition.

Surya Namaskar


- Advertisement -
Previous articleYoga for peace
Next articleMelbourne seniors' news

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

Guess The Song rj ekta

LISTEN: Will you be the one to correctly guess this tune?

  Are you good with guessing tunes? Keen ear for rhythm and beats? RJ Ekta might've been able to stump you with this one. She recently...
Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah twitter thread

Women, what would you tell your school age self?

  Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, Monash University's Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah was asked to speak at a girl's school. The inspiring academic,...
women empowerment

WATCH: Hindi poem about women empowerment

  Ever have those days where nothing is going your way? You feel demotivated and wonder, "what's the point?". The last couple of weeks in Australia...
march 2021 shows and movies

Indian shows and movies to watch in March 2021

  Bombay Begums (Netflix) After the award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016), director Alankrita Shrivastava is back with another empowering series about women. Set in urban...

Japanese billionaire seeks eight artists for free Moon ride

  Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight people to join him for a free ride to the Moon on a SpaceX Starship rocket sometime...