Practicing moon salutations is a way to honor the divine feminine energy of the moon.The moon encourages us to slow down, soften and listen to our inner selves.
Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being ~Rumi
If you have ever taken a yoga class there is a good chance you have practiced a sequence of poses known as Surya Namaskar, or sun salutations. Sun salutations create heat in the body by channeling the sun, giving us internal fire. Hatha yoga can be translated as union between the sun and the moon. 'Ha' meaning sun, 'tha' meaning moon and 'yoga' meaning union. When we practice hatha yoga, we are trying to create balance between the masculine, warming, active energy of the sun and the feminine, cooling, receptive energy of the moon.
Chandra Namaskar or moon salutations are similar to sun salutations but they help cool the body by channeling the moon, allowing us to replenish our vital energy.
You can practice moon salutations when you would like to bring a sense of calm to your practice; Practicing moon salutations on the new and full moon will bring an element of ritual to the practice.