Once a month we will be celebrating the Moon. Chandra Namaskar, or Moon Salutation. Unlike it’s heat building counter part Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation, Chandra Namaskar is a quieting sequence that invites you to bow to and cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy. During Surya Namaskar, literally translated as “bow to the sun,” you lift your arms and then bow down, as you lengthen forward and jump back, you begin to embody solar energy. You stretch, strengthen, and warm your whole being from the inside out. But on days when you’re feeling depleted, overstimulated, or overheated, a Chandra Namaskar is great option to balance the energy before reaching the point of total exhaustion.
Chandra Namaskar gives us the opportunity for cooling the body, which helps to replenish our vital energy. Beneficial for anyone under any stress. Chandra Namaskar is a quieting practice where all levels are welcome.
Chandra Namaskar isn’t as well known as Surya Namaskar because it hasn’t been around as long. In all likelihood, it’s an invention of the late 20th century. The Bihar School, which is a yoga school in India founded in the 1960s, first published the sequence in asana pranayama Mudra Bandha in 1969.
Upcoming Full Moon Flow classes:
- Monday, September 8 at 5:15-6:15pm (In place of “Cardio Yoga”)
- Wednesday, October 8 at 8:30-9:45am (In place of “Healing Bodies and Minds Release” Yoga)
- Thursday, November 6 at 6:30-7:30pm (In place of “Yogalates”)
- Saturday, December 6 at 7:45-8:45am (In place of “Weekend Warrior” Yoga)