Question : Dear Swamiji koti Pranams. Some days back I heard in your Discourse on Disha channel about various yogasanas like shirsasana for the physical Body. Kindly let me know the significance of Surya Namaskara and its benefits. Is it sufficient if one just does this as it effects the entire body.
Dear and blessed R:
Harih Om Tat Sat. Your email of 17th Sep. is before me and I am reading it again.
Any kind of a process wherein the standing body is brought flat on the ground is very good for the body immediately, and the mind subsequently. If you do so 12 times a day, your body will become more supple, flexible, and circulation of blood will be far better.
Head is normally up. When you prostrate, the flow of blood into the brain is more. This brings about a wash of your brain, not head. Dip in water only bathes the scalp and hair. But a pranam has the effect of bathing the brain.
I suggest this for all executives, with sedentary habits of office working.
Besides, any aasan, though physical in nature, tames and sublimates the mind. In each aasan you have to be at least for 3 breaths-time. This is the difference between muscular exercises and aasans. Aasans and mind are inter-allied, like breath and mind.
But the focus has to be more on the mind always. You are primarily the mind.
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Swami Bhooomananda Tirtha.