Welcome to this nurturing Salutation to the Moon sequence, or the Chandra Namaskar, with our Senior Dru Yoga teacher Nanna Coppens.
Nanna takes us through a beautiful gentle but powerful journey of exploration of Chandra Namaskar and invites us to work with the principle of the moon energy which is also known as Soma in Sanskrit.
In the Ayurvedic and Vedic tradition Soma is said to be a word that describes anything that is watery, nurturing, beneficial, calming, the part of us that enables us to sit back and rest. Soma apposes or/and complements the concept of Agni, the part of us that is always on the go, on the drive to achieve.
The idea of working with the principle of Soma or the moon energy offers us an opportunity to dive into and enjoy the inner aspects of our practice and our own experiences by asking questions such as, "How does my body feel when I do this sequence?" or, "How can I feel relaxed, calm and centred as I do this sequence?"
Nanna beautifully weaves into this session practical and physical ways to relax the body, such as stretching the psoas muscles and the diaphragm, with amazing powerful subtleties of Prana Vayu, hasta mudras (hand gestures) and visualisation to activate the principle of Soma and our connection to that part of us that represents the energy of the moon.
- Rolling the shoulders, scooping
- Figure of 8
- Spinal wave
- Hip openers
- High lung/ runner – Psoas stretch
- High lung with side stretch – Diaphragm stretch
3. Moon Sequence
4. Meditation with visualisation