Moon Salutation

29 Dec

moon salutation

Each and every yoga practitioners- a novice or an old pro, run across the sun salutation in their practice. The sun salutation is one of the most common and popular yoga series. It’s rejuvenating, has a natural flow, and there are lots of fun ways to mix it up by throwing in extra poses.

Moon salutation is a lesser-known series than Sun salutation. But it is as beneficial as Sun salutation. Sun Salutation is a actually an warmup series which revitalizes your body and mind. On the other hand moon salutation is a series of asanas which helps your mind concentrate and your body relax at the end of a long day. People dealing with a lot of stress or have trouble sleeping will find this great yoga practice very effective and relaxing. But do not practice moon salutation right before bed. Take some time before going bed after you finish Moon Salutation. Just meditate for 30 minutes or curl up with one of your favorite books.

The Yoga Moon Salutation is both ancient and modern. The moon is of particular importance in Hatha Yoga. The word Hatha is broken down as “Ha” meaning “sun” and “Tha” meaning “moon.” Moon Salutations are cooling and quieting. They are used to calm the mind and draw your awareness inward. Moon Salutations are useful when energy or temperatures are high and a tranquil, quiet presence is required. Moon salutation can help a person accomplish health and fitness gains that even other exercises can’t offer.

The complete cycle of Chandra Namaskara consists of the following asanas:

* Mountain Pose
* Raised Arms Pose
* Standing Forward bend
* Lunge Pose
* Downward facing Dog Pose
* Plank Pose
* A blend of Ashtanga Namaskara as well as Cobra Pose
* Again repeat the first five Asanas: Start from Downward Facing Dog & end with Mountain Pose

Try to do five complete rounds of Salute to the Moon. The elegance and comfort of this sequence is closely related to breath control.

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