Greeting to the Moon or Chandra Namaskar to contact your feminine side [part 1]
September 05, 2017
The Moon Salutation or Chandra Namaskar is a series of postures performed in a certain order to create a flow of movement that aims to relax. The steps of Chandra Namaskar represent the days of the lunar phase. This sequence, practiced with awareness and sensitivity, at a relaxed pace, helps to channel the lunar energy that has refreshing, relaxing and creative qualities, calms the nervous system and allows you to connect with your feminine side, leaving aside the competition, the solar vigor and dynamism that govern our activities. What is the Moon Salutation? The Moon Salutation or Chandra Namaskar is a series of postures performed in a certain order to create a flow of movement that aims to relax. It can be used before going to bed, when doing something important for which you need to be calm, to relieve stress... it can also be used before meditateBecause it gives you inner peace. As in the I greet the Sun, the Moon Salutation is made up of connected postures. The final posture of one serves as the beginning of the next. Thus, a flow of yoga is formed that makes the practice something very pleasant and natural. The postures of the Salutation to the Moon have a rhythm of breathing. It is inhaled by stretching and expelled by bending the body. The Greeting to the Sun seeks to activate you and give you strength, it is supposed that the best time to do it is at the beginning of the day or a yoga session. The Greeting to the Moon seeks to calm you down and connect with your feminine side. Mythology Chandra literally means moonlight and is identified with the Vedic moon deity Soma. Chandra represents a brilliant creative and beautiful being who knows how to manage the fluctuation of mental states and the energy of living, to create. Namaskar means greeting with respect, with reverence. Philosophy Chandra Namaskar wants to connect us with the lunar aspects, that is, the fluctuating moon that we see every month full, or waning or waxing. The Moon influences much of our nature, it influences the tides of the oceans, the blooms. It influences our inner nature, our state of mind. In some styles of yoga on the day of the full moon they do not practice yoga. In yogic philosophy, Chandra represents the moon as our most sensitive, feminine and subtle aspect, it represents the subconscious mind, intuition and extrasensory perception, the inner world. It is related to the Manas Shakti, that is, the elevated aspect of the Shakti, the energy that enables us to create, activating the creative mind, giving shape to those thoughts. It activates our creative potential although relaxed and controlled. It is related to Ida Nadi, or the left channel of the energy that we ingest through the breath that occurs through the left nostril. In our next post, we will explain how to do the Moon Salutation step by step, its benefits, and its relationship with the Sun Salutation. Have a good week and good practice!