Moon Salutations - Chandra Namaskar

February 11, 2018

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 digestive systems.

-preparing the body for a restful night

-cooling if there is too much fire in the body

-they have a meditative, calming effect

 

Step-by-step Moon Salutation:

1. Tadasana

2. Upward Salute

3. Standing Crescent Pose away from the center of the mat  

4. Upward Salute

5. Standing Crescent Pose towards the center of the mat

6. Upward Salute

7. Goddess Pose

8. Star Pose

9. Star Pose turning to the right

10. Triangle Pose to the right

11. Pyramid Pose over right foot

12. Lunge over right foot

13. Wide legged squat over right leg (or in lighter version Side angle Pose to right)

14. Squat (or in lighter version Goddess pose with arms resting on thighs)

15. Wide legged squat over left leg (or in lighter version Side angle Pose to left)

16 Lunge over left foot

17. Pyramid Pose over left foot

18. Triangle Pose to the left

19. Star Pose turning to the left

20. Star Pose

21. Goddess Pose

22. Upward Salute

23. Standing Crescent Pose towards the center of the mat

24. Upward Salute

25. Standing Crescent Pose away from the center of the mat

26. Upward Salute

27. Tadasana

 

Enjoy this short video of the Moon Salutation, the first round is an easier version where instead of the side squats we come into Side angle Pose, and instead of the full Malasana, Squat pose, coming into a low Goddess pose.

 

When shooting the video I was going for the dark Moon ambiance but the video turned out too dark and I had to use the light filter which effected the quality of the video, hope you can still enjoy it.  

Namaste

Dora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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