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Shilpa Shetty Kundra is an avid follower of Yoga. She is seen practicing yoga asanas to keep her body in shape and practice mindfulness. This Bollywood actress shares her workout routines at the start of each week to give her social media followers a piece of her Monday motivation. This Monday was no exception as Shilpa took to Instagram to share a video of herself doing a variation of the mighty Suryanamaskar. The actress was seen performing a variation of the sun salutation with great poise and ease.
Stressing much on the benefits of this amazing asana, Shilpa captioned her post, “Suryanamaskar helps shoulders and core strength, improves blood circulation, and strengthens the erector spinae muscles. Additionally, it also stretches the hamstring and improves flexibility, reducing stress and anxiety.”
Shilpa calls her variation the “dynamic Suryanamaskar”. While you may think of this yoga asana as an exercise that only strengthens your muscles and back, this humble pose can do a lot better than that.
While these benefits are enough to put you on a track of fitness, Shilpa’s variation is slightly different to the good ol’ Suryanamaskar. Her variation seems to have a flow and looks rather easy.
1. Stand straight by placing your hands on your sides. Take a deep breath, lift your hands up and bring your hands together in namaskara mudra while exhaling.
2. Continue with the namaskar pose and raise your hands up and towards your back. Bringing your biceps closer to your ear, stretch the whole body.
3. Place your hands on the mat and lay down flat on your stomach. Extend your arms straight in a namaskar pose while lifting up your feet like you do in a bow pose.
4. Place your hands on the mat, lift up your stomach and do the downward- facing dog pose.
5. Bend your right knee towards your chest and take your left leg backward. Raise your head while inhaling deep.
6. Bring your left leg forward and align it to your right leg. Bow your head down to your knees while extending your hands towards your toes.
7. Stand straight while extending your hands up in the air with the folded hands or namaskar pose, like you were when you started.
8. Repeat this drill for 10 minutes each morning.
Shilpa’s fit frame and radiant face speaks for the benefits of yoga itself. You can also tune into this complete workout for your overall fitness. Suryanamaskar can be done at any time of the day, But, doing it at the time of sunrise is considered to be more beneficial. This simple workout is as easy as it can get and doesn’t need any workout equipment and gears. A plain yoga mat and a pinch of fitness motivation is all that you need.
Suryanamaskar is a full-body workout that forms the foundation of power yoga, and promotes weight loss. In fact, if Shilpa swears by it to stay fit and fabulous, it must be true!