Surya Namaskara is a versatile, adaptable
and powerful tool in the yoga therapist's armament. It has a wide range
of therapeutic applications. Because it is easy ad enjoyable to perform
and does not require a great deal of time, there is also a good patient
Good physical health is a prerequisite for
good mental health. This is all part of Surya Namaskara's role as a preventative
measure. We must not forget this most important aspect as prevention is
far superior to cure.
In this section we will outline Surya Namaskara's
therapeutic properties, describing how it attacks the disease process
and helps to align physical function, energy flow and mental balance.
Indeed, Surya Namaskara's role in mental health is far greater than most
people suspect and in certain conditions, notably psychosis, it is one
of the most useful and powerful tools the yoga therapist has at his disposal.
In some situations it surpasses even meditation in its ability to rearrange
the energies that, having become distorted, have led to varying degrees
of mental and nervous breakdown.
Though Surya Namaskara is an efficient way
to root out certain diseases, especially low energy disease states, psychosomatic
and certain degenerative conditions, it must be used judiciously and wisely.
Once again, of course, it should only be taught in a therapeutic setting
under expert guidance. For this practice releases vast quantities of pranic
flow that may have been trapped for many years.
The healing process must be slow and controlled
if it is not to degenerate and result in more pain and discomfort in the
form of healing crises, for example, boils, rashes, colds or diarrhea.
In an even more extreme situation such as high blood pressure, stroke,
coronary artery disease, hernia, intestinal tuberculosis or in a very
debilitated body system, the extra energy released may be all that is
required to tip the balance and destroy vital body organs. A pipe with
a crack in it must be welded first before it can handle extra internal
pressure. In the same way the healing process must be conducted in a stepwise
and systematic way. This requires experience.
As a rule, all therapy should be undertaken
under the guidance of a qualified medical practitioner and an expert yogic