There are many variations of Moon Salutations, but the sequences typically include: mountain pose, standing crescent pose, goddess pose, triangle pose, pyramid pose and wide-legged squat over one leg. These are practiced before the sequence is reversed with the postures on the other leg.
Every posture is entered on an inhalation or exhalation so that the sequence is coordinated with the breath. They can also be slowed down to make the practice gentler and more meditative.
Moon Salutations mainly involve lower body work, so they are ideal for those who struggle with supporting their body weight on their arms in Sun Salutations. They are also good for those suffering from stress and exhaustion.
On a physical level, Moon Salutations have the following benefits:
- Stretches all major muscle groups
- Strengthens the whole body
- Improves flexibility
- Balances the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems