Surya Namaskar is one of the most important yoga practices. It is the set of 12 yoga poses which can be performed while chanting 12 different mantras. Mantras add a profound spiritual element to the practice.
Surya Namaskar is sometimes translated as "eternal salutations to the sun." In Sanskrit, surya means "sun" and namaskar means "salutations." The practice of Surya Namaskar awakens the body intelligence to create energy directly from the sun. In the Vedic tradition, the sun is symbolic of consciousness and, therefore, has been worshiped daily in the Indian culture.
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