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The 8th Surya Namaskar

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The eighth Surya Namaskar posture stretches the body in the direction opposite to the seventh. The body takes the forms of an inverted ‘V’ and that of a triangle with the floor constituting its base.

Methodology The 8th Surya Namaskar

  • Exhale even as you keep your toes and palms firmly placed on the ground.
  • Bend your head.
  • Gradually raise the knees and also lift your hips as high as you can.
  • Slant backwards the arms and then straighten them.
  • Push the hips further backwards.
  • Stretch the hamstrings.
  • While you place your feet flat on the floor, the heels should be firmly placed on the ground.
  • But don’t strain yourself.
  • Arch your back.
  • Bring down your head between the upper arms. Try to place your chin on the chest.
  • The elbows and knees should remain straight and rigid.
  • Draw in the abdomen.
  • Completely extend the arms and legs.
  • The body should be kept inflexible right from the palms to the feet.
  • Try to view your navel.
  • Complete the exhalation process.
  • Stay put in this position for five seconds as you hold your breath.

Points to Remember

  • If you are doing the posture correctly, your body (particularly the arms, trunk and the legs) will resemble an inverted ‘V’.
  • The body, therefore, constitutes a triangle with the floor forming the base.
  • The body is balanced only by your toes and hands.
  • All the movements must be synchronized.
  • As the body forms the inverted ‘V’, the entire body will be stretched to the maximum possible limit.
  • Interestingly, when you raise your hips, your head automatically goes downwards.
  • In the initial stages, the legs may slide and/or there may be some pain in the Achilles heel (tendons), thighs, calves, ankles and arms. But, with practise these discomforts will disappear.
  • Posture 8 is just the converse of posture 7 since it bends your spine in exactly the opposite direction.

Advantages of The 8th Surya Namaskar

  • Reduces tension and fosters a sense of overall relaxation.
  • Relieves disorder problems.
  • Flatulence is cured.
  • The position expands and opens the chest thereby improving breathing.
  • The spinal sacral portion becomes suppler.
  • Blood supply is stimulated to various parts of the body like the internal organs, heart, face, scalp and the brain.
  • The veins in the legs become relaxed. Thus, varicose veins and sciatica are counteracted.
  • The legs also become strengthened since they are stretched in various positions. The ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles are positively affected.
  • Similarly, the ankles, calves, hamstrings, hips, abdomen, back, neck, shoulders, upper arms, forearms and the wrists are made flexible.

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