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Step-by-step breakdown and health benefits of the Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar is a holistic way to stay fit as its twists and bends encompass all major muscle groups and organ systems. Here are the benefits of a few daily rounds of Surya Namaskar.

For those who don't have the time or resources to invest in an elaborate exercise regime, doing the Surya Namaskar daily is a holistic way to stay fit as its twists and bends encompass all major muscle groups and organ systems. Here is a step-by-step breakdown on how to perform the Surya Namaskar, as well as its health benefits. Start with 4 reps of the Surya Namaskar cycle, and then keep increasing the count depending on your comfort level. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Pranamasana: Helps to relax and calm both body and mind. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Hastauttanasana: Stretches the chest and abdomen, lifts energy up through the body. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Padahastasana: Massages abdominal organs, increases the power of digestion and blood flow to the brain, relieves female disorders and stretches the spine. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Ashwa Sanchalanasana: Stretches the quadriceps, hip muscles and spine, stimulates abdominal organs and increases mental power. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Parvatasana: Strengthens legs and arms, stretches calf and spine muscles and relieves varicose veins. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Dandasana: Improves posture, strengthens back muscles and spine and stretches shoulders and chest. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Ashtanga Namaskara: Develops the chest and strengthens arms and legs. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Bhujangasana: Relieves tension in back and spine and stimulates and expands chest and abdominal organs. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Parvatasana: Strengthens legs and arms, stretches calf and spine muscles and relieves varicose veins. It reduces flab in the back and waist and also helps relieve symptoms of respiratory disorders like asthma. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Ashwa Sanchalanasana: Stretches the quadriceps, hip muscles and spine, stimulates abdominal organs and increases mental power. It is beneficial for indigestion and constipation. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Padahastasana: Massages abdominal organs, increases the power of digestion and blood flow to the brain, relieves female disorders and stretches the spine. It helps to improve spinal posture, making the spine resilient, straight and flexible. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Hastauttanasana: Stretches the chest and abdomen, lifts energy up through the body. It enables full utilisation of lung capacity. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Pranamasana: Helps to relax and calm both body and mind. It also promotes balance between both sides of the body, apart from preparing the body for the upcoming cycle of Surya Namaskar. (Source: Thinkstock Images)