Chandra Namaskar: Moonlit possibilities

Try this sequence of asanas for unwinding after a long day at work

Benefits of chandra namaskar

Practising the moon salutation on days of the full moon can help balance fiery energies and calm you down if you’re feeling stressed or over-stimulated. It also helps channel your creative energies. If you get an opportunity to practice the moon salutation outdoors on a moonlit night, don’t miss it.

The physical benefits include stretching and strengthening of the muscles of the thighs, calves, pelvis and ankles. The focus here, mainly remains on the lower body.

It also helps activate the root chakra.

Who shouldn’t do it

There aren’t any specific contraindications to doing the chandra namaskara. But it’s better to avoid it if you have any pain in the lower back or knees.

How is chandra namaskar different from the surya namaskar

One of the key differences in the sun and moon salutations is the tempo—the latter is always done in a slow and relaxed manner. While the surya namaskaras are often done in several dozens and are a complete work-out by themselves, one would not exceed more than 4 – 5 moon salutations at a time. Also note that while doing chandra namaskaras you begin on the left side and then continue on the right. That is perhaps because the left side represents the ida nadi, which is related to the moon whereas the pingala nadi or the right side represents the sun.

So block your calendar on the next full moon night for a mini date with yourself. Bring out the scented candles and play some soothing music. Start off with a few minutes of candle-gazing [trataka] meditation, followed by the 4 – 5 rounds of the moon salutation and finish with yoga nidra… pure bliss!

Download a single image[150 Kb, 1000px X 663px] with all asanas together chandra-namaskaar

This was first published in the November 2012 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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  1. Very informative, thank you so very much. But I wish you would have recommended a pace at which to complete the discipline. Slow is a relative term, so should I hold the position for 8 seconds for 5 circuits (asanas to the left & right equals 1 circuit) would result in a 22.6 minute workout? Would that be sufficient?

    • Hi Maurice, Glad you liked the article. Hold each position for 1-2 breaths [1 breath = 1 inhalation + 1 exhalation]
      My suggestion is to focus on the breathing and time your asanas with the breath, rather than seconds or minutes.


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