This month for my Patreon community I created a 40-minute Moon Salutation yoga video. Many people are used to sun salutations but haven’t heard of other types, moon, and earth. As such, I decided to do a short 12-minute Moon Salutation Sequence. Hopefully, more people fall in love with the other salutations and salute the other elements, not just the sun!
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Moon Salutation Sequence Poses
Unlike the sun salutation the moon salutation sequence begins, and mostly, faces the long edge of the mat. So this a major difference and one of the reasons that the moon salutation feels different from the start. Facing the long edge of the mat the practice begins in mountain pose, then rises into an upward salute. Then explore lateral flexion in blown palm on both sides.
The moon salutation sequence then begins a journey to one side flowing around in a circle. Stepping wide into 5-pointed star and sitting into goddess pose. Rise up and adjust the feet for triangle pose, trikonasana. Traditionally from trikonasana you would fold into pyramid, but anatomically I like to come up and adjust the feet and hips before folding into parsvottonasana.
From pyramid drop into low lunge, anjaneyasana. Then comes the tricky transition into skandasana, side lunge. Settling in for a breath then shifting into side lunge on the opposite side.
One you slide into skandasana on the opposite side you simply repeat the poses in reverse. This moon salutaton sequence travels around the mat in a cirlce, like you’re traveling around the moon.
As you end back at mountain pose technically you are halfway! The full moon salutation sequence is done in BOTH directions around the mat so repeat the whole sequence in the opposite direction. It’s a really fun and interesting salutation that I love to do on full moons, and my class participants enjoy the challenge!
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- Is the sun salutation part of your practice?
- Had you heard of moon salutations before?
- What moon rituals do you have?