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  • Gujarat sets Guinness World Record for largest Surya Namaskar performance
  • Surya Namaskar offers a range of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits
  • The various poses engage and strengthen different muscle groups

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The benefits of Surya Namaskar may vary from person to person, and individuals with certain health conditions should consult a qualified yoga instructor before beginning a new exercise routine.

Gujarat sets Guinness World Record for largest Surya Namaskar performance; know what it does to our body

Gujarat has accomplished an impressive milestone by securing a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for orchestrating the most extensive Surya Namaskar performance. On the morning of January 1, 2024 over 4,000 participants from 108 locations and 51 categories convened to execute Surya Namaskar, reflecting the state's commitment to well-being and cultural heritage.

Benefits of practising Surya Namaskar every day

Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation, is a series of yoga poses performed in a flowing sequence. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar offers a range of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits:

Improves Flexibility: Surya Namaskar involves a series of forward and backward bending poses, which help enhance overall flexibility in the spine, shoulders, and limbs.

Strengthens Muscles: The various poses in Surya Namaskar engage and strengthen different muscle groups, promoting overall muscle tone and endurance.

Boosts Cardiovascular Health: The continuous flow of movements in Surya Namaskar acts as a cardiovascular workout, improving heart health and circulation.

Enhances Respiratory Function: Coordinated breath with movement in Surya Namaskar improves lung capacity and respiratory efficiency.

Aids Digestion: Certain poses in the sequence involve forward bends, which can help stimulate abdominal organs, aiding digestion and promoting a healthy digestive system.

Weight Management: Regular practice of Surya Namaskar can contribute to weight loss or maintenance by increasing metabolism and burning calories.

Balances Hormones: The combination of physical activity, controlled breathing, and focused meditation in Surya Namaskar may help balance hormonal levels, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.

Enhances Mental Focus: The practice involves concentration on breath and movement, helping to calm the mind, reduce stress, and improve mental focus.

Increases Energy Levels: The dynamic nature of Surya Namaskar generates heat in the body, leaving practitioners feeling invigorated and energized.

Promotes Emotional Well-being: The meditative aspect of Surya Namaskar can have a positive impact on mental and emotional health, reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of inner calm.

Improves Posture: Regular practice helps in developing awareness of body alignment, leading to improved posture and reduced strain on the spine.

Spiritual Connection: Surya Namaskar is often regarded as a form of moving meditation, fostering a sense of spiritual connection and mindfulness.

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi lauded this achievement on X. His post reads:

Gujarat welcomed 2024 with a remarkable feat - setting a Guinness World Record for the most people performing Surya Namaskar simultaneously at 108 venues! As we all know, the number 108 holds a special significance in our culture. The venues also include the iconic Modhera Sun Temple, where several people joined. This is indeed a true testament to our commitment to Yoga and our cultural heritage. I also urge you all to make Surya Namaskar a part of your daily routine. The benefits are immense.

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