Soothe your Inner Goddess ❤️
Maybe you have heard of the moon salutations and maybe you’ve only heard of the sun salutations. Many yoga systems only include the sun salutations such as the Ashtanga Yoga system, where the practice begins with 5 sets of Sun Salutations A and 5 sets of Sun Salutations B. Saluting the sun is great for a morning practice to harness the radiant solar energy that we have within. While, saluting the moon is often overlooked as a daily yoga practice, but harnessing the essence of lunar energy is just as powerful as our solar energy. The qualities of the sun include a paternal masculine energy with a strong outward expression. While, the qualities of the moon express a maternal feminine energy with a pure internal reflection.
Here we’ll give you a breakdown of the Moon Salutations so that you can soothe your inner goddess. You can practice this in the evening or even on special occasions such as the Full Moon or the New moon as to honor the power of our lunar essence.
Here you can watch how to do the Moon Salutations in a video.
Start off in Pranamasana, bring feet together, stand tall and bring the palms of your hands together at heart’s center.
Inhale raise the arms up with palms together, gazing at the thumbs for Hastha Uttanasana.
Exhale stretch to the right side of your body. Inhale come back to center. Exhale stretch to the left side of your body. Inhale come back to center.
Exhale open one leg laterally to the side and laterally open your arms at the same time, bend the elbows to cactus arms and bend the knees to open to Utkata Konasana (goddess pose).
Inhale straighten the legs and arms for Utthita Tadasana (extended Mountain pose).
Exhale, open to the left side by turning your left foot outwards to a 90 degree angle. Keeping the arms straight, reach towards your left side and rotate your left hip towards the ground into Utthita Trikonasana with your right hand in the sky.
Inhale, square your hips towards the left leg and bring your right hand towards the ground and chin towards your shin for Parsvottanasana.
Exhale drop down to your right knee and align your left knee on top of your left ankle to a 90 degree angle. Raise your arms up and bring the palms together for Anjaneyasana.
Inhale, open your left leg laterally to a squat. Bring the palms of your hands together, pushing the knees away with the back of your arms for Malasana.
Exhale, open your right leg laterally, making sure your right knee is on top of your right ankle and drop down to your left knee. Raise your arms up and bring the palms together for Anjaneyasana.
Inhale, keeping the hips squared, straighten both legs, both hands to the ground and bringing your chin towards your shin for Parsvottanasana.
Exhale, reach your left arm up and open your left foot to a 90 degree angle for Trikonasana.
Inhale, lift your torso up and turn your right foot to a 90 degree angle for Utthita Tadasana.
Exhale, bend the knees and and elbows for Utkata Konasana (goddess pose).
Inhale, bring your feet together and palms together up towards the sky. Exhale, stretch to the left side of your body. Inhale come back to center. Exhale, stretch to the right side of your body. Inhale come back to center, hands to heart center for Pranamasana.
Another fun thing about the moon salutations is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just these postures in the cycle. Feel free to be creative and add in another posture like hanumanasana or ardha chandrasana in wherever it freely flows and fits into the sequence. You may have noticed that the sequence is compromised of lateral flowing movements, where as the sun salutations move in a more frontal flowing sequence. Either way, both salutations are great for the body and movement of your prana. Enjoy this beautiful meditative sequence and feel the energy of the moon as it flows through your body, mind and soul. ❤️