ITBP soldier performs Surya Namaskar at18,000ft; Know history and purpose of THESE Hindu asanas

New Delhi: A video has been released by the Indo Tibetan Border Police in which a soldier of the Indian defense force segment is performing ‘Surya Namaskar’ (Sun Salutation) in sub-zero temperature. In the video he can be seen practicing ‘Surya Namaskar’ almost bare bodied in the land covered with snow in Ladakh.

The soldier is posted at an altitude of 18,000 ft. Given the harsh environmental conditions at such an altitude it becomes very challenging to perform such a feat. Commitment and self discipline are among the apex underlying qualities of a soldier.

India is a land of people that has always stood beyond the soldiers of the armed forces. We can see the common people having utmost faith and resilience towards the soldiers of India even if they have an interaction with them in daily walks of life.

What is Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)?

‘Surya Namaskar’ or Sun Salutation is an intriguing practice in yoga. It is flow sequence of 12 ‘asanas’ which are gracefully linked to the prior and the former ‘asanas’. Each of these ‘asanas ‘are associated with a different ‘mantra’.

History of Surya Namaskar

The first recorded instance of the highly practiced yoga practice can be found as early as 20th century. However, there are references in works like that of Sage Patanjali who wrote the ‘Yoga Sutras’ dated around 200 BC.

The precise origins of the Surya Namaskar are not determined but it was made popular in the early 20th century by Bhawanrao Shriiwasrao Pant Pratinidhi, king of Aundh region. It was adopted into yoga by Krishnamacharya in the Mysore Palace.

Significance of Surya Namaskar

The series of the twelve ‘asanas’ are inter related and are performed in order to pay respect and worship to the Hindu-deity Surya or Sun.

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