The Moon Salutation - Steps 7 and 8

Complete Yoga Breath
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Links to Moon series

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First 2 steps of the Moon Salutation.
1st Step - 2nd Step

2nd and 3rd steps of the Moon Salutation.
3rd Step - 4th Step

5th and 6th steps of the Moon Salutation.
5th Step - 6th Step

7th and 8th steps of the Moon Salutation.
7th Step - 8th Step

9th and 10th steps of the Moon Salutation.
9th Step - 10th Step

11th and 12th steps of the Moon Salutation.
11th Step - 12th Step

13th and 14th (same as the 1st) steps of the Moon Salutation.
13th Step - 14th Step

Moon Phases

New Moon - Invisible Waxing Crescent Moon

New Moon - Waxing Crescent

1st Quarter Moon Waxing Gibbous Moon

1st Qtr. - Waxing Gibbous

Full Moon Waning Gibbous Moon

Full Moon - Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter Moon Waning Crescent Moon

Last Qtr. - Waning Crescent


January: Full Wolf Moon—Storm Moon—Old Moon—Moon after Yule

February: Full Snow Moon—Chaste Moon—Hunger Moon—Wolf Moon

March: Full Worm—Seed Moon—Harvest Moon—Sap Moon—Crow Moon—Lenten Moon

April: Full Pink Moon—Hare Moon—Grass Moon—Egg Moon

May: Full Flower Moon—Dyad Moon—Planting Moon—Milk Moon (Dyad: Latin for twin stars of the constellation of Castor and Pollux.)

June: Full Strawberry Moon—Mead Moon—Rose Moon—Flower Moon

July: Full Buck Moon—Wort Moon—Thunder Moon—Hay Moon

August: Full Sturgeon Moon—Barley Moon—Green Corn Moon—Grain Moon

September: Full Harvest Moon—Blood Moon

October: Full Hunters Moon—Snow Moon

November: Beaver Moon—Oak Moon—Frosty Moon

December: Long Night Moon or Full Cold Moon—Wolf Moon—Before Yule Moon

When there are two full moons in one month, it is called “Blue Moon Month.”

To learn more about Moon Names, check out the Almanac sites at The 8 Phases of the Moon—Part 3 —Websites

Eugenia in Step 7 of The Moon Salutation.

Step 7 - Inhalation

Short Breath Retention - Exhalation


Step 4 This is the same as Step 4, but now it's on the opposite side.


  • In this position there will be a short breath retention. If you feel tension, exhale and inhale again.
  • Note: Do not hold your breath if you have respiratory or heart problems.
  • Inhale as you place your hands and fingers on the ground (or floor) and bend your leftt knee between your hands (see image above). Your spine should be straight in this position.
  • Stretch your right leg behind you with your knee on the ground. Your right toe will point out to the side and the inside of the right heel should be on the ground. Try to hold your foot perpendicular. Exhale before getting ready to do the next position.

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Step 8 - Slow Inhalation


Eugenia in Step 8 of The Moon Salutation. Step 5This is the same as Step 5, but on the opposite side.

  • From Step 7 above, inhale slowly and bring the weight of your body to the right knee. Support your toes on your right foot in the ground and bring your weight to the right knee, as shown in this image.
  • Once again, if you can bring your heel down as shown, try that. If that is too difficult, just be comfortable with your right foot until you have loosened up all the muscles firsst. There is no need to rush. You'll get there with practice, believe me. I know that's hard to believe right now.
  • If this is just to difficult to do, click on the link to Step 5 below to read about the preliminary stretches again for beginners.
  • Continuing from above with inhalation, lift your arms up. Your left knee is bent and your left heel is deeply grounded. Put your weight on the ball of your foot (that part on the inner side that bulges). Feel the stretch in your entire body. This stretch helps to massage the Chakras.
  • Exhale as you bring your hands down to the floor and lie on your stomach to prepare for what is very similar to the Cobra asana. In Sanskrit—Bhujangasana (Bhujanga = serpent, snake). Get ready for Step #9 of The Moon Salutation.

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