Geneva Moon Salutation

The weekend after we return home I’ll be teaching my first 30 minutes yoga series. Tonight after Lake fell soundly asleep in bed, I began to craft a beautiful arc inspired by the waxing half moon over Féchy.

Dr. Dhru introduced the Moon Salutation to many of us for the first time a few months ago during our Synergy Yoga Teacher Training. Here I riffed off of my poor memory of that series to create the Geneva Moon Salutation.

I began on the perch of the church yard overlooking the crescent that is Lake Geneva. With the moon above, the lights of France across the water, the vineyards of Vaud stretching out before me, the fresh mountain air and the crickets all around I unwound the day. The moon salutation of my interpretation is a cooling, soothing and grounding dance. This series is bourn of moonlight, yet can also create the moonlight effect on demand if the fiery dosha of pitta is in need of balancing.

If you’d like to try it, and see how you feel, here is the asana flow. It’s predominantly a vinyasa of standing postures so that you may practice it comfortably outside on the lawn, sidewalk, churchyard cobblestones, or elsewhere. I’d love your feedback! Breathe and begin:

Mountain Pose Tadasana, Extended Mountain Pose Urdhva Hastasana, Forward fold Uttanasana , Half-Dog Pose Ardha Svanasana, Forward Fold Uttanasana, Extended Mountain Pose Urdhva Hastasana, Mountain Pose Tadasana, Starfish Pose, Warrior Pose II Virabhadrasana II, Peaceful Warrior, Side Angle Parsvakonasana, Yoga Push Up Chaturanga Dandasana, Upward-Facing Dog Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Downward-Facing Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana, Warrior Pose I Virabhadrasana I, horse,

*repeat second side*

Mountain Pose Tadasana, Extended Mountain Pose Urdhva Hastasana, Forward fold Uttanasana , Half-Dog Pose Ardha Svanasana, Forward Fold Uttanasana, Extended Mountain Pose Urdhva Hastasana, Mountain Pose Tadasana, Starfish Pose, Warrior Pose II Virabhadrasana II, Peaceful Warrior, Triangle Pose Trikonasana, Half-Moon Pose Ardha Chandrasana, Triangle Pose Trikonasana, Yoga Push Up Chaturanga Dandasana, Upward-Facing Dog Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Downward-Facing Dog Adho Mukha Svanasana, Horse, Mountain Pose Tadasana, Dancer Natarajasana, Standing Tree Revolved Extended-Leg, Chair Uktasana, Eagle Garudasana, Sleeping Eagle, Mountain Pose Tadasana, Extended Mountain Pose Urdhva Hastasana,

*repeat second side*

Mountain Pose Tadasana. Close with gratitude. Namaste.

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