The Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is one of yoga’s most important asanas, comprising of 12 different postures in a single flow. Also known as the Mountain Story for the benefit of the children, it is one of the most enjoyable and energising exercises for them. The forward and backward bending postures help to stretch and flex their abdomen as well as spinal columns.
Best done in the morning, the Surya Namaskar is a simple exercise that you can do it at home with your children, engaging them in the activity through the use of the Mountain Story.
The Sun Salutation has a number of beneficial effects on the minds and bodies of children including boosting physical strength and muscle tone and enhancing the function of the nervous system, improving memory, concentration and learning capabilities, increasing energy levels in the body and keeping the mind calm and focused and regulating and promoting better sleep patterns amongst others.
Try it at home together with your children. Not only will it energise and invigorate them, but it is also a great way to bond and share quality time with them.