5 Night-Time Yoga Poses to Harness Lunar Energy

“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart.  Let go of thinking.
-Rumi

The lunar energy of the moon can provide many benefits and can be very calming for meditation.

Whether you believe in the magic of the moon or not, there’s no denying the mesmerizing glow of the moon and stars.

Moon Salutations or (Chandra Namaskar) is a soothing sequence that includes some of my favorite poses.

There are a few different versions of Chandra Namaskar, but one of the versions I really like include some of the poses listed below.

1. Triangle Pose/ Trikonasana

The best way to transition into Trikonasana is from Warrior II.  The Triangle Pose strengthens the abdominal muscles, hip flexors, and back and is a great way to stretch the hamstrings and legs.

There’s something very relaxing about this pose.  It’s one of the most frequently used poses in Ashtanga yoga and many other styles, such as Iyengar.

It’s easy to perform since both feet are on the ground.  From here you can also perform the Twisted Triangle Pose on both sides.

2. Half Moon/Ardha Chandrasana

The best way to transition into Trikonasana is from Warrior II.  The Triangle Pose strengthens the abdominal muscles, hip flexors, and back and is a great way to stretch the hamstrings and legs.

There’s something very relaxing about this pose.  It’s one of the most frequently used poses in Ashtanga yoga and many other styles, such as Iyengar.

It’s easy to perform since both feet are on the ground.  From here you can also perform the Twisted Triangle Pose on both sides.


3. Goddess Pose/ Utkata Konasana

Utkata Konasana translates to powerful, fierce, angle pose.  The Goddess Pose exudes feminine energy and it’s a great hip opener.  It’s best to do a few lower intensity hip openers first before attempting.

There’s also a Moonflowers Pose which is very similar, except your feet won’t be aligned at a straight 180 degrees that way you can rise up and drop down for a more intense workout. Your arms are aligned like goal posts with your fingers spread like moonflower petals.


4. Garland Pose/ Malasana

My favorite part about Malasana is that your hands are in prayer.  Malasana stretches your thighs, hamstrings, and groin.  It’s also a hip opener that’s not too intense.  After sitting in a chair for a long period of time, it’s nice to stretch and counter the effects of stiffness.

This pose is a low squat and may be uncomfortable for some. You can sit on a couple of blocks. This can lower the intensity and take some of the pressure from your knees.


5. Low Crescent Lunge/ Anjaneyasana

Low Crescent Lunge is also a really good hip opener. Open hips allows a better range of motion, less stress on your back and psoas, and an unblocked flow of prana energy. The Low Crescent Lunge Pose is also an awesome hamstring stretch.

You can transition back into a half split and back up into the Low Crescent Lunge. Your arms are stretched above your hands with your fingers actively engaged. This is a chest opener pose and mild back bend. If it’s too much, your hands may be placed on your thigh.

Practicing yoga at night is a good way to ensure a good night’s sleep along with harnessing the magic of the moon.

What’s one of your favorite night time yoga poses?

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