Cooling Summer Sequence Moon Salutation
Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskar) is a soothing variation to the sun salutation. It is designed to honor the other half of your whole body. While the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) energizes the masculine and yang side of your body, Moon Salutations are yin and feminine in nature. All of us (men and women) have both masculine and feminine energies that deserve respect, honor and nourishment.
Consider these Moon Salutation Asanas as a beautiful way to reconnect, realign and cool-down the fiery impulses of the summer weather. Because these Asanas tend to shift energy without increasing heat they tend to be less stimulating than the Sun Salutation Asanas.
Perhaps your Sun Salutation can be your morning sequence to get you going an your Moon Salutation can be your evening practice to cool your body, relax your mind, and calm your emotions before you slumber.
These are the asanas for the Yoga Moon Salutation:
Prayer Pose - palms together overhead
Crescent Moon Pose - arching to the left
Goddess Pose - squat, arms at sides in an L-shape, palms forward
Transition Pose - star pose, the body is like a 5-pointed star
Triangle Pose - extending to the left, right arm up
Head to knee - left leg
Lunge to the left
Forward Facing Lunge - right leg extended
Squat Pose - Malasana, hands in prayer position
Forward Facing Lunge - left leg extended
Lunge to the right
Head to Knee - right leg
Triangle Pose - extending to the right, left arm up
Transition Pose - star pose
Crescent Moon Pose - arching to the right
Return to Prayer Pose - palms together overhead