There is a vast reserve of vital energy, which remains dormant within the human body and psyche. This energy needs to be awakened, revitalized and utilized to achieve self-realization.
The Sun known as Surya is the primal and eternal source of energy. Surya namaskar or obeisance to the sun is an important yoga exercise comprising of ten yogic asanas performed in a sequence of body movements. Performed preferably early in the morning Surya namaskar generates good health and creates equilibrium of mind through the proper utilization of cosmic energy. Those performing Surya namaskar undoubtedly experience the flow of vital energy on the physical and psychical planes.
Positions of Surya namaskar
First position: Stand facing the east (the sun). If that is not possible stand facing the north. Stand with the heels and toes close together, knees level and the back kept straight. Be relaxed. Exhale and bring the palms together at chest level in the praying position.
Second position: Inhale slowly. Stretch the arms upwards above the head and arch the body backwards easily.
Third position: Exhale slowly and keeping your head between the raised arms, bend forward from the waist till the palms touch the ground on either side of the legs. Your arms must be straight at the elbows. Bend only the palms outwards at the wrists. The forehead must touch the knees.