Have you heard of Moon Salutations in Yoga? Called Chandra Namaskar; the counterpart to Sun Salutations which are invigorating and stimulating; moon salutations offer calming, balancing, restorative energy. Moon poses are best done in the evening around sunset or when you arrive home for work or before cooking dinner. They certainly will cool off the summer heat! The kids can enjoy them too.
Among the specific health benefits of the poses:
It promotes balance, digestion, tones the spine, expands lungs, and opens the Heart Chakra. It improves good blood circulation, keeps abdominal tract well regulated and healthy, stimulates spinal nerves, stretches leg muscles and back, cures sexual ailments, and improves flexibility prior to childbirth. It also relaxes sciatic nerves, improves confidence, tones pelvic muscles, regulates functioning of adrenal glands, relieves constipation, anger, sciatica, helps in maintaining balance on both sides of the body, and helps develop a healthy sense of poise and respect for mind and body. Wow, I’m back.
I’ve attached a link from Cate Stillman’s site or ask your yoga teacher to demonstrate. http://yogahealer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/moon-salutation-cheatsheet.pdf
What a perfect time to revisit Moon Salutations with the full moon on the 31st!
My best regards and wishes for a luminous month,
Ayurvedic Health Specialist
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