Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar)

If you have been doing yoga for even a little bit, you have no doubt practiced Sun Salutations. Moon salutations are their lesser known sister sequences. A moon salutation is about Yin, feminine or cooling energy. It is a more quieting, meditative sequence. Feel free to practice moon salutations anytime of the day but they are really nice in the evening especially by the light of a full moon!

This version of a moon salutation focuses on lateral bends. It is a great way to balance out your energy. Practice through one time holding each pose for 3 to 5 breaths. Then flow, linking one movement to one breath.

Moon Salutation – Pose Sequence

Mountain Pose
Side Bend (Left)
Mountain Pose
Side Bend (Right)
Victory Squat
5-Pointed Star

Left Side Series
Triangle Pose (Left)
Pyramid Pose (Left)
Lunge (Left)
Extended Side Angle (Left)

Right Side Series
Extended Side Angle (Right)
Lunge (Right)
Pyramid Pose (Right)
Triangle Pose (Right)

5-Pointed Star
Victory Squat
Mountain Pose
Prayer Hands

3 thoughts on “Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar)”

  1. The moon salute is one of my favourites, and is a wonderful balance to the more masculine sun salute. The one that I practice is very similar to yours except that there is a wide legged squat in the middle where the side angle stretch is, and instead of he lunge there is Radha chandrasana, which is really nice. I really enjoy your newsletters by the way!

  2. charlotte bradley

    Oh nice variation – I will try that Sara.

    And thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 I love hearing that people are finding the newsletters helpful. Love writing them!

  3. Love this post Charlotte and the Moon Salutation, one of my favorites!
    Do you mind if I share this with my Moon School students (online class)? In 2 weeks the female healing focus is on yoga.

    Cheers, Paula

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