Everyday many Indians begin their day by offering ‘ Surya namaskar’ or ‘Sun Salutation’. It is a part of Yagasana and Pranayama as per old Hindu rituals. It involves different postures which are performed early morning and is believed to be beneficial for health. The idea behind it is basically exposure to early morning sun rays combined with postures that help to strengthen the muscles.
Sunlight happens to be one of the greatest healing remedies that you can find in nature. The sun provides the energy that all living things need in order to exist on this earth. During the process of photosynthesis all plants use sunlight and carbon dioxide and release oxygen and which is used by animals for survival. There are direct and indirect benefits of being exposed in sun or spending time in sunlight.
The major direct benefit of sunlight is that it helps plants and animals to survive. Without the sunlight plants and animals will not get their food. Plants will not be able to make their food and without plants animals will not get their fruits, vegetables and grains.
Sunlight act as a natural antiseptic. These rays can kill viruses, bacteria, molds, yeasts, fungi, and mites in air, water, and on different surfaces including your skin.Getting some sun tends to help clear up different skin diseases such as acne, boils, athletes foot, diaper rash, psoriasis, and eczema.
Sunlight enhances our immune system. It increases the number of white blood cells in your blood.
Sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D, which is required for bone development and hence children are asked to be exposed to sunlight.
However ultraviolet rays also have some bad effects like skin darkening and damaging. It is also associated with skin cancer. Too much exposure can be harmful. The golden rule is ‘Surya namaskar ‘or in another word go out and enjoy the sun between 5 am to 7 am.