Goodnight, Full Moon.

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In light of this evening’s full moon we wanted to share with you a beautiful lunar yoga practice. Moon Salutations, also known as Chandra Namaskar, are a soothing yet empowering variation and counterbalance to classical Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). They allow us to honor the yin or feminine side of our energy, in contrast to the Sun Salutations, which are more yang and masculine in nature. When practicing moon salutations these yin qualities are evoked helping to calm the mind and soothe the body bringing you into a relaxed and balanced state of being.

Moon salutations can shift energy without increasing heat in the body and tend to be less stimulating than Sun Salutations, thereby balancing hot emotions, relaxing and calming the mind and body and restoring balance. While Sun Salutations are designed to allow us to connect to the sun’s powerful energy and are often practiced at dawn. The Moon Salutations are especially effective when practiced during the full moon, as this is the most powerful lunar phase – making it a great practice just before bed time.

Over the years, numerous variations of Chandra Namaskar have emerged,  usually the sequence includes some variation of the following postures. The practice below is in 28 parts honoring the lunar cycle. I encourage you to stay in each pose for 3 – 5 deep breaths.

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  1. Mountain
  2. Prayer in Mountain
  3. Extended Mountain
  4. Half Moon (right)
  5. Extended Mountain
  6. Half Moon (left)
  7. Extended Mountain
  8. Goddess
  9. Five-pointed Star
  10. Triangle (right side)
  11. Pyramid (right side)
  12. Lunge (right side)
  13. Half Squat (right side)
  14. Squat
  15. Half Squat (left side)
  16. Lunge (left side)
  17. Pyramid (left side)
  18. Triangle (left side)
  19. Five-pointed Star
  20. Goddess
  21. Extended Mountain
  22. Half Moon (right)
  23. Extended Mountain
  24. Half Moon (left)
  25. Extended Mountain
  26. Prayer in Mountain
  27. Mountain
  28. Shavasana

Just before settling in to your shavasana don’t forget to give thanks to the moon and mother earth and all the bounty of beauty they bestow on us every day and every night.

Instruction/drawing from Yoga Wire.

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