The Enchantment of Chandra

The Enchantment of Chandra

Chandra Mantra

Written and Translated by Felise Berman 2017

 

Moon – Chandra Bija Mantra

Om Shrim Som Somaya Namah.

 

Shrim – denotes the power of refuge, surrender and peace.

Som – an exclamation interposed in reciting sacred texts.

Somaya – Nectar of the Gods.

Namah- Bow.

 

Chandra Gayatri Mantra

Om Padmadwajaya Vidhmahe
Hema roopaya Dheemahe
Thanno Chandra Prachodayath.

 

Om, let me meditate on the divine one who has the lotus as his flag,
Oh, God of golden color, give me a higher intellect,
And let the “Moon God” illuminate my mind and my understanding.

 

Chandra Dev, as a God, is fair and youthful in appearance. He is considered wise, peaceful and auspicious. He wears white and carries a mace in one hand and is seated on a lotus which is carried by a shining white chariot pulled by white horses. The gemstone of Moon is Moonstone and Pearls. The metal representing Moon is silver and the direction is northwest.

 

Chandra as a Lunar God, He is also related with the Vedic Lunar Deity Soma. The name Soma alludes to the sap or nectar of plants.

 

 

Shiva Shanti Yoga – Chandra Namaskar 2017

Right Side

Exhale – Pranamasana, hands in prayer at the heart center.

Inhale – Hasta Uttanasana, arch back and engage core.

Exhale – Uttanasana, standing forward bend.

Inhale – Right Leg steps back into Anjaneyasana, hands down, knee on the floor or blanket.

Exhale – Anjanyasana with knee on the floor (hook the thumbs reach the hands up over your head and arch back).

Inhale- Protect the lower back slowly rise from the deep backbend.

Exhale – Adho Muka Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog, gaze at your thighs.

Inhale – Uttitha Chaturanga Dandasana, plank pose, draw the navel in.

Exhale – Ashtanga Namaskarasana, knees, chest, chin to the floor.

Inhale – Bhujangasana, slide the chest forward.

Exhale -Adho Muka Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog, heels press into the floor.

Inhale – Right foot steps forward, knee on the floor or blanket.

Exhale – Ajaneyasana with knee on the floor, Hook the thumbs reach the hands up over your head & arch back.

Inhale – Protect the lower back, lift your torso slowly and engage the core.

Exhale – Right foot meets left, Uttanasana, softly bend the knees to modify.

Inhale – Hasta Uttanasana, bend back at your thoracic spine.

Exhale-  Pranamasana, hands in prayer at your heart center.

Left Side

Inhale – Hasta Uttanasana, lift up out of your lower back.

Exhale – Uttanasana, standing forward bend.

Inhale – Left leg back Anjaneyasana with knee on the floor and hands down.

Exhale – Anjanyasana with knee on the floor (hook the thumbs reach the hands up over your head and arch back).

Inhale- Protect the lower back, slowly rise from the deep backbend.

Exhale – Adho Muka Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog, gaze at the thighs.

Inhale – Uttitha Chaturanga Dandasana, plank pose, navel draws in.

Exhale – Ashtanga Namaskarasana, knees, chest, chin to the floor.

Inhale – Bhujangasana, slide the chest forward.

Exhale -Adho Muka Svanasna, heels press into the floor.

Inhale – Left foot steps forward Ajaneyasana with knee on the floor,

Exhale – Hook the thumbs reach the hands up over your head & arch back.

Inhale – Protect the lower back, lift your torso slowly and engage the core.

Exhale – Left foot meets right, Uttanasana, standing forward bend, softly bend the knees to modify.

Inhale – Hasta Uttanasana, bend back at your thoracic spine.

Exhale-  Pranamasana, hands in prayer at your heart center

(This is one full round)

Modifications:

  1. Use blocks under hands in lunge.
  2. Use blanket under knee in lunge.
  3. Keep hands on floor or block for deep back bend.
  4. Low cobra.
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