If you’ve been looking on Monday for some motivation to burn that unwanted fat, look no further as newlywed actor Yami Gautam pumped our falling energy this workweek with her latest video, Surya Namaskar. We clearly have no excuse to postpone the workout, as we are too overwhelmed by Yami’s fitness video of doing Surya Namaskar yoga with her wedding bracelets or traditional churas and sindur and “beaming positive” against the backdrop of her rain-drenched and windy hometown in Himachal Pradesh.
Tackling her social media account, the diva shared a video that gave fans a glimpse of her intense workout as she donned a red tee paired with a pair of black tights and ponytail hair to achieve a sporty look. Ignoring the jingle of the bangles on her wrists, Yami effortlessly performed the sun salutation, and we are encouraged.
Sun salutation is a yoga exercise that gracefully links 12 asanas and is popularly called Surya Namaskar. While ideally the exercise is done in sets, beginners are encouraged to start with two to four rounds and gradually work up to as many rounds as possible at any time of the day.
Dedicated to the Vedic-Hindu sun deity Surya, the yoga asana includes a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses that together complete the Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. These 12 steps are performed in the following order: Pranamasana (Prayer Pose), Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Hands Pose), Hasta Padasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose), Ashva Sanchalanasana (Lunge Pose), Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose), Ashtanga Namaskara ( eight limbs pose), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (face down dog pose), Ashva Sanchalanasana (high lunge pose), Hasta Padasana (standing forward bend), Hasta Uttanasana (raised arms pose) and again Pranamasana ( prayer pose).
Yami simply captioned the video: “Radiate positive (sic).” The video exploded the internet with over 1.6 million views, but it was still gaining traction, and we’re guessing we’re not the only ones willing to get up and go to the gym after watching.
One round of Surya Namaskar, performing 12 asanas, burns approximately 13.90 calories. This yoga asana is known to strengthen not only the muscles but also the back.
It revitalizes your body and refreshes your mind if done at sunrise. Performing it during the day instantly energizes the body, while doing it at dusk helps you relax.
Performing Surya Namaskar also helps to obtain radiant skin as it improves blood circulation. Other benefits of exercise include lowering blood sugar levels, improving metabolism, and ensuring a regular menstrual cycle for women.
Ancient yogis believe that this asana also activates a second brain called manipura chakra or solar plexus located in the navel. As a result, a person’s creativity and intuition is believed to increase.