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Moon Salutation | Chandra Namaskar

The practice of Moon Salutation (Chandra Namaskar) is a reflection of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), just as the moon has no light of its own but reflects the light of the sun. The sequence of asanas is the same as Surya Namaskar except that Ardha Chandrasana is performed after Ashwa Sanchalanasana. Chandra Namaskar is best practiced at night, especially when the moon is visible. While practicing at night, ensure that the stomach is empty.

Benefits of Chandra Namaskar

Chandra Namaskar helps you in channelizing the lunar energy; which has cool, relaxing, and creative qualities. Chandra Namaskar also stretches the spine, hamstrings, and backs of legs; strengthens leg, arm, back, and stomach muscles. Like all other yoga practices, it is important that you learn Chandra Namaskar under proper supervision and guidance.


Below is the sequence of Asanas

    • Pranam Asana (Prayer pose)

      Stand straight with feet together. Bring the palms together in the prayer position.

    Pranam Asana


    • Hasta Utthan asana (Raised arms pose)

      Breathing in, bring the arms forward and up,stretching as high as possible. Gently arch the back by pushing the arms back and the pelvis out in front. The elbows and knees are straight, and the head is in between the arms,chin pointing to the ceiling.

    Hasta Utthan Asana


    • Padahast asana (Hand to foot pose)

      Breathing out, bend forwards. Place the hands on the floor. Bend the knees. With the hands on the floor straighten the knees.



    • Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian pose)

      Push the right leg as far back as possible; right knee on the floor, sole facing the ceiling. Look up.

    Ashwan Sanchalanasana


    • Danda asana (Stick pose)

      Holding the breath, push the left leg back. Bring the body into a straight line,keeping knees straight.

    Danda Asana


    • Shishu Asana (Child pose)

      Breathe out and pull back. Take the hips to heels,forehead towards the knees and hands firmly on the ground in front. Stretch.

    Shishu Asana


    • Ashtanga Namaskara (Salute with eight parts or points)

      Move forwards, keeping the chin close to the ground. Your chin, chest,palms of your hand (on either side of the chest), knees, and toes touch the floor. Raise your posterior.



    • Bhujang Asana (Cobra pose)

      Breathing in, go into the Cobra position. Hands under the shoulders,elbows close to the body,heels together. Press the pelvis to the ground and lift up Focus on the bending at upper back.

    Cobra Pose


    • Parvat Asana (Mountain pose)

      Breathing out, come up on hands and feet in an inverted ‘V’ position. Push back with arms and hips; try to get heels on the ground.

    Parvat Asana


    • Ashwa Sanchalan Asana (Equestrian pose)

      Breathing in, bring the right foot forward. Looking up,keep left knee on the ground and left foot facing the ceiling.

    Ashwan Sanchalan Asana


    • Padahast asana (Hand to foot pose)

      Breathing out, bring the left foot alongside the right.

    Padahast Asana


    • Hasta Utthan asana (Raised arms pose)

      Breathing in, come up to standing position, stretching the arms straight up and back, push the pelvis out to the front.

    Hasta Utthan Asana


    • Tadasana

      Breathe out, and bring the arms back down to the sides. Feel the difference between the two sides of the body.




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