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A Moon Salute to the 2017 Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017 | Aya Wellness

It’s a total eclipse of the sun today. What a rare sighting!

On this day, the moon will pass in front of the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse viewable in certain parts of the United States. Whether or not you’re one of the lucky Americans who get to see the moon cover the sun, take the day to set intentions and practice yoga, to positively shift your world anew with the power of this phenomenon. Step outside, place your mat on Mother Earth and celebrate the energy of this total solar eclipse.

A few moments of complete darkness during the day reminds us of our place in the cosmos—that we’re part of something much bigger than ourselves, one of the primary lessons of practicing mindfulness. Tap into this transformational energy with a soothing and well-aligned Moon Salutation to coincide with the sun, moon and Earth being in perfect alignment and harmony.

Celebrate with a Moon Salutation:

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Begin in tadasana (mountain pose), then inhale and bring your palms together over your head.

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Exhale and bend into a crescent shape over to your right. Inhale back to center. Exhale and bend into a crescent shape to your left. Inhale back to center.

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Exhale to utkata konasana (goddess pose). Take a wide stance and lower into a squat while keeping your knees in line with your ankles.

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Inhale and straighten your legs as you transition to utthita trikonasana (extended triangle pose).

 

 

 

 

 

On your next exhale, move your hands to the floor or blocks on either side of your front leg for parsvottanasana (intense side stretch).

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From here, bend into your front knee and find a high lunge.

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Inhale, turn your back toes out and shift your hips down and over your front ankle, coming into skandasana (side lunge). Inhale back to goddess pose and repeat the same poses on the other side.

This yoga tip is brought to you by Kathryn McCann of Hang Zen Yogis.