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Chandra Namaskar: A Meditative Moon Salutation

Have you been feeling stressed lately? That could be because of the moon’s gravitational pull. Over the course of the lunar cycle, our emotions keep building up and this year’s strawberry supermoon brings with itself, the perfect opportunity to release that energy. Watch this video for all the Chandra Namaskar steps.

By SHAMMI GUPTA

Chandra Namaskar:

Moon salutation or Chandra Namaskar is made up of a series of postures, combined in a flow, wherein you move from one posture to the other in a rhythm. Halfway through, you move in reverse in order to reach the starting point. Usually, we start from the left side as Chandranadi represents the left side of the body. The difference between Chandra Namaskar and Surya Namaskar is similar to the difference between feminine and masculine energy. The sun salutation is more masculine and is about heat, light, and activity whereas the moon salutation is feminine, meditative and calming.

Chandra Namaskar Benefits
The practice does depict changing forms of the moon to some extent. It is a strong practice and works on each segment of the body and mind from the perspective of strength, endurance, flexibility, agility, alertness and flow. Moon salutation can be a single wholesome practice with multiple benefits. This practice is also intended to bring the calmness of the moon. Watch the video for Chandra Namaskar steps.

Moon Salutation or Chandra Namaskar Steps
1. Namaskarasana / Indian Salutation
2. Tadasana / Mountain Pose
3. Urdhva Hastasana / Half moon / Upward Salute Side bend
4. Utkata Konasana / Goddess Squat
5. Tarasana / Star Pose
6. Utthita Trikonasana / Extended Triangle Pose
7. Parsvottanasana / Pyramid Pose
8. Anjaneyasana / Low Crescent Lunge
9. Low side Lunge
10. Malasana / Garland pose
11. Low side Lunge
12. Anjaneyasana / Low Crescent Lunge
13. Parsvottanasana / Pyramid Pose
14. Utthita Trikonasana / Extended Triangle Pose
15. Tarasana / Star Pose
16. Utkata Konasana / Goddess Squat
17. Urdhva Hastasana / Upward Salute Side Bend / Half Moon
18. Tadasana / Standing Mountain Pose
19. Namaskarasana

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