Sun Salutation

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Sun Salutation or Salute to the Sun (Surya Namaskar: Sanskrit: सूर्यनमस्कार, romanized: Sūryanamaskāra), is a practice in yoga as exercise incorporating a flow sequence of some twelve gracefully linked asanas. The asana sequence was first recorded as yoga in the early 20th century, though similar exercises were in use in India before that, for example among wrestlers. The basic sequence involves moving from a standing position into Downward and Upward Dog poses and then back to the standing position, but many variations are possible. The set of 12 asanas is dedicated to the Hindu solar deity Surya. In some Indian traditions, the positions are each associated with a different mantra.


  • We are not against Surya Namaskar but seeing the increasing cases of Corona infections, we want children to do Surya Namaskar but in the safety of their homes. There should not be collective Surya Namaskar functions held in crowded public places because it will break the Corona guidelines.
    • Congress leader Kamal Nath, opposing the Surya Namaskar day on January 12, 2022. [1]
  • “Such a program should not be organised in schools at all, which causes problems for students of other religions. The government should envision programmes keeping national security in mind. Muslim students should boycott such programmes of Surya Namaskar organised in their schools. They should refrain from attending such program as Islam does not allow them to participate in such program.”
    • the official statement by AIMPLB. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board(AIMPLB) had objected to the central government’s directive to organise ‘Surya Namaskar’ in schools between January 1 to 7 2022 on the 75th anniversary of Independence Day. In a statement issued by AIMPLB, the board stated that Islam prohibits ‘Surya Namaskar’ as it is a form of Surya puja. [2] [3]

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