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Saturday, 7 October 2017

SALUTATIONS TO THE MOON.



CHANDRA NAMASKARA πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

The word Chandra means ‘moon’. Just as the moon, having no light of its own, it reflects the light of the sun, so the practice of Chandra Namaskara reflects that of Surya Namaskara. The sequence of Asanas is the same as Surya Namaskara except that Ardha Chandrasana, the half moon pose, is performed after Ashwa Sanchalanasana. The inclusion of Ardha Chandrasana is a significant change. This posture develops balance and concentration, adding another dimension to the practice.
Whereas the twelve positions of Surya Namaskara relate to the twelve zodiac or solar phases of the year, the fourteen positions of Chandra Namaskara relate to the fourteen lunar phases. The lunar energy flows within Ida Nadi. It has cool, relaxing and creative qualities. Ida is an introverted, feminine or psychic power responsible for consciousness.


  • "Aum Chandraya Namah"
  • Pronunciation: "Om Chan-dra-yay Nama-hay"


  • It is recommended to learn Surya Namaskara before the Chandra Namaskar process because the position is the same for both, except for one additional posing. Ardha Chandrasana is described as independent practice in the backward bending section.


    Chandra Namasakara is the best practiced in the evening or at night, especially when the moon is visible or at dawn at the time of the full moon. When practicing at night, ensure that the stomach is empty.


    Before beginning Chandra Namaskara, a few moments should be given to prepare the body and mind.
    Stand in the upright position with the feet together, the eyes closed and the arms at the sides, the weight of the body should be evenly distributed on the both feet. Observe any spontaneous movement of the body as it relaxes.
    Gradually become more aware of the natural flow of the breath with each inhalation and exhalation. Then turn the consciousness of movement in the body to the rhythm of breathing. Hold this awareness for a few moments. The moon's bounce penetrates deep into the water, and the cool moonlight shines as it hits the top of the waves as they dance.
    Slowly let the visualization fade and again become aware of the whole body in the standing position.


    • Moon salutations have a very soothing effect on the body as well as on the mind.
    • It is great for days when one is feeling hot headed or over heated.
    • Activation of feminine energy.
    • Generating patience and peace, removing tension, ego and stress.
    • Sun salutation activates the logical and rational mind on the right side of the brain. Moon Salutation does opposite; it activates the left side of the brain and brings creativity in the practitioner’s body.
    • Regular practice of Moon Salutation also enhances the blood circulation in the body and removes lethargy, excessive sleepiness and insomnia.






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