How to perform Surya
Complete your daily chores like bathing etc. and wear fresh clothes.
But you should not eat anything. Stand facing the rising Sun. Fold
your hands as in "Namaste". With your eyes closed, recite the
following Mantra as prayer to Sun God.
Surya Dev , Mera Pranaam sweekar karen ,
Samasta Bhaagya Janit Sankaton Se meri raksha karen"
( O Lord Sun, Salutation to you.
Please protect me from all ill-effects that fate may have in store for
keep a small carpet or piece of cloth to stand on. But it should be
clean & kept safely after the entire activity is over.
12 names of lord Sun, that need to be chanted during the entire
exercise. One name/prayer before commencement of each round. Each round
consists of 12 postures/positions and there are 12 rounds.
Stand erect with palms folded at chest, facing the rising sun. Say : Om
Mitra Mitraaya Namah
Throw up the arms. Tilt the head up. Gaze parallel to the arms. Inhale
Swing the body down. Place the palm squarely on the ground (Try doing
it, if you are unable to do it initially, it is okay. Your body will
become flexible gradually). Palms should be parallel to feet. Face
should be between knees. The knees should never be bent (even if you do
not touch ground, do not bend knees). Exhale completely.
Throw the left leg back, with toes & knee touching the ground. Bend the
right leg at the knee. Press foot firmly on the ground. Look up at the
(Remember alternative leg will be used for each round)
Throw back the right leg also. Swing the back & loins up, forming an
arch of the entire body with palm & the feet resting on the ground.
Retain the breath.
Lower the entire body so that the forehead, chest, two palms, two knees
& the two toes alone touch the ground. None of the other portions of the
body should touch the ground. Complete Exhalation. ( This is Sastanga
Namaskaar involving 8 parts of the body)
Raise the head up, bending the trunk backwards as you do, down to the hip.
Same as position 5 , i.e your body forming an arch over the ground with
feet & palms resting on the ground. Inhale.
Draw the right leg forward. Assume position 4. Hold the breath.
Same as number 3 i.e. swing the body down and place the palms squarely
on the ground. Exhale.
Same as position 2.
Same as position 1.