16. New Life For Old (The Ten Point Way to Health)
New Life For Old
“The Ten Point Way to Health (Surya Namaskars)
Shrimant Balasahib Pandit Pratinidhi (B.A.) Rajah of Aundh
Edited with an introduction by Louise Morgan
First Published: 1938
This chapter will be in the nature of a summary. We shall bring together all the reasons which make Surya Namaskars a universally acceptable, practical, and convenient system of exercise.
They can be taken by all persons without exception.
They can be done singly or in groups of hundreds o thousands.
They can be done outdoors or indoors, day or night, at all seasons of the year.
They take only a few minutes to do.
They are easy to learn and to remember.
They are not special exercises for this or that part of the body, but for the whole body.
They require no outfit.
They can be taken throughout one’s life, from childhood to old age, and thus easily become a habit.
They can be taken anywhere at a moment’s notice wherever one goes.
They cost nothing and require no initial outlay or upkeep.
They strengthen the entire digestive system and cure or prevent constipation.
They develop the lungs and prevent tuberculosis, and will help to hcal it to a great degree.
They invigorate the heart, and will remedy high blood pressure, palpitations, and other derangements by improving the circulation of the blood. Active circulation is a prime law of health.
They tone up the nervous system, doing away with brain-fag, forgetfulness, worry, and other mental troubles. Though shattered nerves take a longer time and are more difficult to repair than other cells, the correct performance of the exercises will slowly but surely restore them to normality.
They stimulate glandular activity and give a new vigour to the glands. Owing to the stretching and compressing movements of the throat, the thyroid gland is stimulated and tendency to goiter is obviated. Correct glandular functioning is vital for health and attractiveness.
They improve the colour and function of the skin by enabling it to eradicate toxic impurities through profuse perspiration and to absorb vital energy from the atmosphere. A clear skin glowing with health and vigour is a winning factor for men and women in business and social life.
They strengthen the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers, back, waist, abdomen, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Strengthening the back is known to be simple but efficient remedy for kidney troubles.
They improve and depelop the bust of maids and matrons ; keep it firm and clastic ; restore it to normal functioning, and increase the quantity and improve the quality of milk in nursing mothers.
They stimulated the uterus and ovaries; remove menstrual disorders and consequent pain and misery; render child-bearing less painful and less dangerous.
They prevent the hair from falling out and lessen its tendency to greyness.
They counteract the bad effect of high heels, tight shoes, belts, collars, and other restrictive clothing demanded by custom or fashion.
They reduce redundant fat, especially the fat about the abdomen, hips, thighs, neck, and chin.
They reduce the abnormal prominence of the Adma’s apple by the forward bending of the neck.
They destroy the offensive odour of perspiration.
They reduce bow-leggedness.
They make you immune from disease by giving a tremendous increase to your disease-resisting power.
Besides normalizing the functions of the internal organs, they give you external shapeliness, grace, and attractiveness.
They are the quickest method for increasing and maintaining youthful buoyancy. The spirit of youth is an invaluable asset. It is wonderful to know that you are fit and can get the most out of life.
They will generate in you good and optimistic thoughts, and give a charitable and sanguine turn to your disposition.
They will, in short, unlock the door to the glorious health, strength, efficiency, and long life which every man is heir to.
And it will cost you nothing to try them.
Surya Namaskars are capable o giving all these gift to men and women because they possess the unique feature of co-ordinating the action of all the vital organs, muscles, and other parts of the system, which are thus developed and strengthened simultaneously. We do not profess that the Surya Namaskars are a panacea for all the ills that the human flesh is heir to, but we have no hesitation in assuring our readers, men and women, young and old, rich and poor, strong and weak, that this system of exercise, if loyally and steadfastly followed, will reward the performer with superb health, vibrant energy, and ‘new life for old.’
Life is a song of happiness to me and mine through Surya Namaskars. This book is my thank-offering.
The ten positions of a Namaskar are repeated here and may be detached without damaging the book. The pages are perforated for easy removal.