How-To Moon Salutation

While Sun Salutation is a more heating and energizing sequence, moon salutation is meant to be more cooling, calming, and relaxing with a focus geared towards the legs. So question? Is it only acceptable to flow through this sequence during a full moon or new moon? Answer, No! It is more than okay to try practice this flow during any phase of the moon. I will caution however, beginners and inflexible yoga yogis may find it a little challenging at first. Don't let that intimidate or stop you though. I’d definitely suggest modifying with yoga blocks if needed.

Benefits of Moon Salutation Include:

  • The calmness of this sequence is good for mental health.

  • Strengthens lower legs

  • Stretches lower legs which helps with flexibility

  • An overall quieting sequence, aiding in relaxation.


Steps To Moon Salutation

  1. Parsva Urdhva Hasatasana (mountain pose side stretch)

  2. Devyasana (goddess pose)

  3. 5 pointed star

  4. Trikonasana (extended triangle pose)

  5. Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose)

  6. Anjaneyasana (crescent moon pose)

  7. Skandasana (side lunge pose)

  8. Malasana (garland pose)

  9. Skandasana (side lunge pose)

  10. Anjaneyasana (crescent moon pose)

  11. Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose)

  12. Trikonasana (extended triangle pose)

  13. 5 pointed Stars

  14. Devyasana (goddess pose)

  15. Namaste

That's it! Try it out and let me know how it went. How many rounds did you do? Was it calming for you?

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