Like Sun Salutations, Moon Salutations can be included as part of a longer class, or practised by themselves as a restorative sequence to cool and soothe the body.
Like Sun Salutations there are many variations of the Moon Salutation sequence. In the version I describe below, click here for a photo sequence we face the long edge of Salutations In The Dark mat, moving first to the right and then to the left. I like to imagine that the side Salutations In The Dark and circular motion of the sequence represent the waxing and waning phases of the moon.
Come to stand in Tadasana, in the center of your mat facing the long edge, hands in prayer position at the heart center. Close your eyes and draw the focus inwards, coming to your breath and perhaps reflecting for a moment on what the moon means to you and to the earth…. The exercise stretches and strengthens all of the major muscle groups, aids flexibility and increases the functioning and balance of the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems.
There are Anuvakas in this chapter. Sun salutations with prostration are usually performed after recitation of every Anuvaka. It is found that, Surya Namaskara, if regularly performed, render these 3 organs capable of resisting diseases. Improvement in cardio-respiratory function with prevention and control of respiratory and cardiac conditions.
Helps cope with insomnia: The Surya Namaskara asanas will help calm your mind, giving you a good sleep. Ensures regular menstrual cycle: Sun salutation can also be beneficial for women who are suffering from irregular menstrual cycles as it helps regulate it.
Stand facing the direction of the sun with your feet together. Bring your palms together, palm to- palm, at the heart. Expand your chest and relax your shoulders. Breathing: Inhale as you lift hands from the side and exhale when you bring your both palms together at chest.
Inhale and rise hands upward, slowly bend backward with the biceps close to your ears. Stretch the whole body from heels to the tip of fingers. Mantra: Aum Suryaya Namah Exhale, slowly bend forward from the waist, touch the earth with head touching the knees keep the spine erect.
Breathing in and move your right leg back in a wide backward step, raise the head and look towards the sun. Slowly bring your knees down to the floor and exhale. In Ashtanga Namaskara Yoga Pose feet, knees, thighs, chest, forehead touch the ground with the hands stretched out.
Take the hips back slightly. Breathing in and slowly raise your head and bend backward as much as possible, keep your shoulders away from the ears. Look up. While exhaling, raise your hips and tail bone up and align the head with the arms. Keep your knees and hands straight. Inhale and bring the right leg forward in between the two hands.
Raise your head. Breathing: Inhale. Exhale, bring the left foot forward. Touch touch the earth with head touching the knees keep the spine erect.
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