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Mantras and Significance For Each Steps of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)


Surya Namaskar is getting highly popular with the name of Sun Salutation all over the world. It is prominent because it is called as the ‘King of Yoga’ by great yogis. It is a very systematic technique which combines the twelve asanas in a yoga sequence.

The solar plexus (located behind the navel, which is the central point of the human body), also known as the second brain, is said to be connected to the sun. This is the main reason why the ancient rishis recommended the practice of Surya Namaskar, because the regular practice of this technique enhances the solar plexus, which increases one’s creativity and intuitive abilities. Moreover, as we can do it almost anywhere and is relatively easy, it is one of the best thing anyone could do to become fit.

Here, is the Mantras and significance for each steps of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). 

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1. Pranamasana (Prayer Pose)

Mantra:

Om Mitraaya Namaha

Meaning:

One who is friendly to all.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Pranamasana helps maintain the balance of the body.
  • Relaxes the nervous system.

2. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)

Mantra:

Om Ravaye Namaha

Meaning:

The shining one, the radiant one.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Hasta Uttanasana stretches and tones the muscles of the abdomen.
  • Expands the chest resulting in full intake of oxygen. Lung capacity is fully utilized.

3. Hasta Padasana (Hand to Foot Pose)

Mantra:

Om Suryaya Namaha

Meaning:

The dispeller of darkness, responsible for generating activity.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Hasta Padasana makes the waist and spine flexible.
  • Stretches the hamstrings.
  • Opens the hips, shoulders, and arms.

4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose)

Mantra:

Om Bhaanave Namaha

Meaning:

One who illuminates or the bright one.

Significance of the Asana: 

  • Ashwa Sanchalanasana strengthens the leg muscles.
  • Makes the spine and neck flexible.
  • Good for indigestion, constipation and sciatica.

5. Dandasana (Stick Pose)

Mantra:

Om Khagaya Namaha

Meaning:

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One who is all pervading, one who moves through the sky.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Dandasana strengthens the arms and back.
  • Improves posture.
  • Stretches the shoulders, chest and spine.
  • Calms the mind.

6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Salute with Eight Parts Pose)

Mantra:

Om Pooshne Namaha

Meaning:

Giver of nourishment and fulfillment.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Ashtanga Namaskara enhances flexibility of the back and spine.
  • Strengthens the back muscles.
  • Reduces tension and anxiety.

7. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Mantra:

Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha

Meaning:

One who has a golden colored brilliance.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Bhujangasana stretches the shoulders, chest and back.
  • Increases flexibility.
  • Elevates mood.
  • Invigorates the heart.

8. Parvatasana(Mountain Pose)

Mantra:

Om Mareechaye Namaha

Meaning:

Giver of light with infinite rays.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Parvatasana strengthens the muscles of the arms and legs.
  • Increases blood flow to the spinal region.

9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose)

Mantra:

Om Aadityaaya Namaha

Meaning:

The son of Aditi, the cosmic divine mother.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Ashwa anchalanasana tones the abdominal organs.
  • Adds flexibility to leg muscles.

10. Hasta Padasana (Hand to Foot Pose)

Mantra:

Om Savitre Namaha

Meaning:

One who is responsible for life.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Hasta Padasana stretches the hamstrings.
  • Opens the hips, shoulders, and arms.

11. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)

Mantra:

Om Arkaaya Namaha

Meaning:

One who is worthy of praise and glory.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Hasta Uttanasana stretches and tones the muscles of the abdomen.
  • Expands the chest resulting in full intake of oxygen. Lung capacity is fully utilized.

12. Tadasana (Standing or Palm Tree Pose)

Mantra:

Om Bhaskaraya Namaha

Meaning:

Giver of wisdom and cosmic illumination.

Significance of the Asana:

  • Tadasana improves posture.
  • Strengthens thighs, knees and ankles.
  • Relieves sciatica.