Moon Salutation: how to master Chandra Namaskar
Have you ever heard about the Moon Salutation during your Yoga practice? In this article we will tell you what it is and also how you can do it. Check it out!
The Moon Salutation
The Moon Salutation, also known as Chandra Namaskar is a greeting to the moon and to the lunar energy.
Although it is not known as the more vigorous Sun Salutation (that increases our solar energy), the Moon Salutation helps to channel our lunar energy.
Moon Salutation: how to do it?
The moon salutation, or Chandra Namaskar, is a sequence of fluid yoga postures. These postures are typically practiced at Full Moon to honor or harness the energy of the moon. Unlike its yang counterpoint, the Sun Salutation – which is a fast and hectic sequence, the Moon Salutation is a slow and quiet yin practice.
There are many variations to this position, forming part of most yoga workouts.
1. Mountain position
With your feet firmly on the floor, put your legs together and place your head up toward the moon. You can choose the mudra (hand position) in prayer or keep your arms at your sides with your palms open.
2. Half Moon Position
Raise your arms above your head, pointing upwards with your fingers interlaced, and lean to the right. Keep your feet firmly on the mat and make sure your hips are facing forward. Feel the stretch on the left side of your body.
Take a few deep breaths, relaxing as you exhale. Return to the center position and repeat the exercise on the left side of your body (stretching the right side).
3. Goddess position
Place your right foot about one meter from your body and point it slightly outwards. Slightly bend your legs and squat until you align your hips with your knees.
Raise your arms in a cactus position, with your elbows at a 90 degree angle and your fingers pointing upwards. You can also leave your hands in a prayer position. Keep your heels on the floor and your hips down. Your legs should be at a 90 degree angle.
4. Star position
Without moving your feet, straighten your legs and lift your hips to your feet. Raise your open arms sideways to shoulder height.
5. Triangle position
Point the right foot to the right and keep the left forward. Keeping your arms in the same place, tilt right and down so that your right hand is pointing to the floor and your left up. The arms must be open.
6. Pyramid position
From the triangle, lower your left hand to the floor and place both hands beside your right foot. Rotate both feet to point forward. Your toes and hips should point to the right side. Lower your head and try to touch your forehead to your knees.
7. Lean forward
Bend your right knee and keep your left leg straight behind you.
With your feet fixed on the floor and pointed to one side, point your hip down a few inches from the floor. Repeat with the left side.
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