Chandra Namaskar (moon salutation)

We’ve all heard sun salutations and just like the word Hatha (ha=sun, tha=moon but in our trainings, we spoke about how there’s so much more meaning than that), there is also Chandra Namaskar, moon salutation.

We are beings affected by many things including moon phases. In certain traditions like Ashtanga, it is recommended that we not practice at all and others recommend more gentle, slower, grounding practice. Whatever the flow you choose, here’s an overview of moon salutation. There is a couple of variation and this one is my favourite. You can also refer to my video HERE.

  • Tadasana (mountain pose)
  • Urdhva Hastasana (extended mountain)
  • Parsva Urdhva Hastasana (crescent moon) to the left
  • Utakata Konasana (goddess pose) by stepping your left foot to the back
  • Utthita Tadasana (five-pointed star)
  • Utthita Trikonasana (triangle) to your left foot
  • Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose) to your left foot
  • Anjeneyasana (low lunge)
  • Sahaja Ardha Malasana (half squat/half garland)
  • Malasana (squat)
  • Sahaja Ardha Malasana (half squat/half garland) to your right
  • Anjeneyasana (low lunge) to your right foot
  • Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose) to your right foot
  • Utthita Trikonasana (triangle) to your right
  • Utthita Tadasana (five-pointed star)
  • Utkata Konasana (goddess pose)
  • Parsva Urdhva Hastasana (crescent moon) to the right
  • Urdhva Hastasana (extended mountain pose)
  • Samasthihi (mountain pose with hands to heart centre)

About the author: Tomomi Becot

Tomomi is the owner of Flying Elephant Yoga in Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia. She started practicing yoga when she first moved to Canada as a teenager in 2000. She then became a certified yoga teacher in 2008 and has been an integral part of extensive yoga teacher training programs both at a 200hr and 500hr level. After teaching and traveling in North America, Mexico, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia, she established her own independent yoga school in 2014. Her classes are based on vinyasa or flow mixed with her own personality and experience, and various styles of yoga she studied along her journey. With the background of vinyasa, power vinyasa, yin, pre- and post-natal yoga, she encourages her students to observe their minds while nurturing their own individuality. Her classes are about honoring both the traditional and the modern, physical and mental aspects of yoga.