By now we know all about the Sun Salutations (see blog post on Sun Salutations), it's time to talk about the Moon salutations, or Chandra Namaskar in Sanskrit. You may notice in the future that the Moon and I are getting very friendly this year! I will try to continuously bring you the New Moon Wishing guidance for each month, to harness the energy of each cycle as best as we can. The second new moon of the year is coming up on 15th February, it will be an Aquarius New Moon (see blog post on it in a couple of days time) and what better way to pay our respects to the Moon than to salute her.
Starting with the energy that the Moon brings to us, the lunar energy is cooling, calming, relaxing (mind you try telling that to people who go crazy at the Full Moon). The Moon is all about emotions, and as emotions heighten during Lunations (Full or New Moons) if we have craziness coming up it is just a reflection of what we are pushing down and refusing to feel for the rest of the month.
What are the main differences between Sun and Moon Salutations?
-Sun Salutations trigger heat in the body - awakening and energising it. Moon Salutations provide cooling - a soothing and calming effect.
-Sun Salutations are a yang practice, whilst the Moon Salutations are more yin.
-In the Sun Salutation you face the front of the mat, in the Moon Salutation you move around facing front, side and back.
-Sun Salutations are practised in the morning, Moon Salutations more in the evening or at lunations.
Benefits of the Moon sequence:
-focus on the lower body, stretching and strengthening all of the major muscle groups, aiding flexibility and aiding respiratory, circulatory and digestiv