When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 6:45 to 7:45 am PST
The Moon Salutation is a yoga flow of 16 postures created to honor women’s bodies and rhythms while complementing the more familiar Sun Salutation. For some women during menstruation and menopause, the Sun Salutation exudes too much heat for the nervous system, and so it should be practiced gently or not at all. During pregnancy, several of its postures are contra-indicated, as they could injure either fetus or mother. In contrast, the Moon Salutation cools and calms the nervous system, and includes several of the most beneficial postures for menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
On a spiritual level, a yoga flow is a transformational tool for awakening consciousness. While the Sun Salutation was created to connect the practitioner with the enduring radiance and power of the sun, the Moon Salutation was created to connect her with the healing compassion and wisdom of the Moon. The Moon Salutation is grounding and calming. Its squats connect the body to the weight of gravity while the hip openers slow the body down, opening it to emotion and to the rhythms of the earth. The flow is empowering, centering, and healing.
This workshop will present both ancient and modern roots of the Sun and Moon Salutations. You will learn how the Moon Salutation specifically benefits a woman’s body during menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy. You will also learn the appropriate times for practicing Sun and Moon Salutations. As a group, you will practice a gentle variation of the Moon Salutation, engaging breathing practices and mantras to enter the practice on a spiritual level. There will also be time for a questions-and-answers session, as well as brief journaling and sharing.
You will experience the Moon Salutation as a means to awakening feminine wisdom, including intuition, playfulness, gentleness, intimacy, receptivity, beauty, spontaneity, inspiration, and wholeness. The healing power awakened in the practice will benefit both you and the world.