“Feelings of compassion, humanity and a sense of appreciation awakens when we give to people”
In the digital age we are highly connected in a virtual capacity; yet there is a great risk for us to get physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually disconnected from each other. It is not healthy for anyone to feel alone as we all crave for love and support. Caring and sharing, therefore, are essential to maintain good physical, emotional, intellectual, social and cultural health of individuals and societies.
Stress is the biggest problem in our world today. A relaxed person does not want to cheat someone. A relaxed person does not want to do harm. Rage in traffic, early death, poor health—it’s all related to stress.
My journey of exploring the immense potential and capabilities of Surya Namaskar began on 30th March 2013 when I performed it 108 times to salute the Sun God. Since that day, I have performed 108 Surya Namaskars over 1500 times including at least one round of 108 Namskars every day. In addition, I have been experimenting with the performance of Surya Namaskars at different places and climates in India, Nepal and more recently in Europe. Thus, I have tested myself in the performance of this practice from almost sea level in Vadodara to high altitudes at base camp of Mount Everest in the Himalayas in Nepal and Mont Blanc in the Alps in Europe and many other places ranging from 400 meters to 6150 meters. This includes my practice in rain and harsh sunlight at temperatures ranging from – 15 to + 45 Degree Centigrade.
Practicing Surya Namaskar with full physical, mental and spiritual awareness has been enhancing my knowledge of physical and mental health benefiting me spiritually. During this process, I have not only overcome my own problems like depression, back pain and migraine, it has enhanced my knowledge about the various physical and mental processes happening in my body and mind. This has resulted in achieving a synchronized movement of breathing and body that helped me to prepare my body and mind to do difficult mountaineering without any formal professional training, which is a must for vertical climbing on cliffs like Mera Peak (6470M) Nepal, Mt.Everest Base Camp(5364M) Nepal, Mont Blanc(4810M) France, Zugspitze(2962M) Germany, Mani Mahesh Kailash(4200M) India etc.
Surya Namskar, in fact, has added a new factor to my life as is rightly said by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in his classic book. “It is like a drug or health tonic taken every day before breakfast”.
This heath tonic that I drink everyday early in the morning wherever I am, has added a value system to my living.
I, therefore, think that it is time for me to give back to the society this tonic that I have developed after experimenting on my physical body and breathing pattern. I have also tested this unique “health tonic” on people ranging from the age group of 12 to 77 who have participated in my free training camps lasting from 30 to 50 days for preparing them to perform 108 Surya Namaskars during the 3rd and 4th International Yoga Day celebrations in 2017 and 2018. One of the participants aged 76 years remarked, “This six-week training under dynamic Maripelly Praveen and completion of 108 Surya Namaskaras on 20 June 2017 has removed most of the bottlenecks impeding the smooth flow of energy in my body. After completing these rounds of Surya Namaskars, I do feel rejuvenated and it has boosted my confidence in this unique method of slowing my ageing process”.
Now it is time for me for “Giving Back” this unique concept to society as we are living a sedentary lifestyle which causes emotional, mental and physical issues like stress, anxiety, obesity, back pain, etc. These are common problems. These are happening due to lack of physical and mental exercise. Surya Namaskar helps to cure, alleviate or at least provide some relief from them. When Surya Namaskar is practiced in synchronization with breath regulation and body movements all the stress and lethargy disappears as if it was never there. In the digital era, people don’t have time for themselves. At least they should perform 12 times Surya Namaskar before they go to their work. It will help from risky factors of physical and mental health.
It is big challenge to train people to perform 108 times Surya Namaskar. Traditionally, people practice 12 times Surya Namaskar everyday as part of their Yoga class. Because of my experiments with Surya Namaskar during the past 6 years, now a lot people have started practicing my method.
“It is my dream to give this “health tonic” of Surya Namaskar to everybody in the world to maintain their Physical and Mental Health”.