According to history, the first recorded instances of sunbathing were found in ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, Babylon, Assyria, and Persia. The healers of this time considered the sun to be the most beneficial medicine to exist. Numerous studies and experiments have proven sun exposure to be an effective physical and spiritual healing tool, but with the introduction of Penicillin in 1928 and the rise in cases of skin cancer said to be brought on by sun exposure, sunlight therapy declined.
Some of the many benefits of sunbathing and sungazing include:
- Increases energy levels
- Increases Intuition
- Heals acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin disorders
- Reduces depression and seasonal affective disorder
- DNA Repair
- Reduces bacteria by as much as 50% from infections
- Boosts immunity
- Boosts production of melatonin and serotonin
- Raises consciousness and awareness
- Improves overall health
Before you take on a daily practice of Atapa Snana, the yogic phrase for the healing science of sunbathing, there are a few precautions that should be taken so be sure to do your research. Try starting your day with some sun 30 minutes after sunrise. Happy sun healing!