Does your home yoga practice need a little inspiration sometimes? Keep the following key points in mind as you move through this Moon Salutation to achieve a complete practice with ease.
We’ve all been there where it feels like we don’t know what to do when we step onto our mat at home… I like to start with a few deep breaths and that often helps guide me where I need to go. But some days I am too strung out, too wrung out to connect to my body and my needs in a few breaths. On these days, I will often pull out a little flow for inspiration. Salutations are a great place to start. I especially like the many Moon Salutations (here’s another, and another :-). They are meant to be practiced in a repetitious manner which makes them a great moving meditation. And as my mind slows and my breath rejuvenates me, I can begin to connect with myself again… even after a crazy day.
The problem with salutations (almost all of them) is that they are not complete practices within themselves. Some days a partial practice is ok, but days that I turn to a salutation are days when I am in serious need of rejuvenation and a partial practice just won’t cut it.
What constitutes a full yoga practice? It must have elements that move your body and mind in every way possible (at least a little). That means forward bends, backbends, side bends, twists, balance poses, relaxation, meditation and breathing. Experimenting with all positions in relationship to gravity is also good – standing, sitting, supine, prone, inverted. Turning your salutation into a complete practice with these elements in mind can help you to make your mat-time count when you really need it but your head can’t seem to stay present.
Start your salutation (or any warm ups you need) and run these elements of a complete practice through your mind. Can you add something in here and there that is missing from your salutation? For example, the Moon Salutation below is a lovely progression across your mat and into your hips but you will notice there are no twists in the sequence – perhaps you would like to do the salutation several times, then some into some reclining twists to help integrate the movements. There is also no breathwork associated with this Moon Salutation, could you somehow match your breath with your movement, or spend a certain number of breaths in each pose? The possibilities are truly endless!
Use the Moon Salutation below and create your own complete practice. Be creative, listen to your own needs and desires. Remember there is no wrong way to do yoga!
Let me know in the comments what you create!