Supermoon Yoga “Should one do yoga during the supermoon?” Since yoga is a practice that requires you to be mindful the best thing to do would be to ask your own body. How do you practice? Do you decide on your asanas and then bash your way through them? Do you decide the length of time that you will hold a pose beforehand? While having some structure to your practice is good it’s also necessary to listen to your body.
Lunatic Balance There’s also the ‘lunatic’ factor. The observation that people are more prone to irrational behavior during the full moon. The moon does exert an influence over our moods. I’ve seen sensitive people feel a lot of emotions rise to the surface at that time. If you find that happening then you know that your yoga practice will help to balance you.
Meditation Yoga doesn’t consist only in doing a vigorous round of asanas. Pranayama is just as important, as is meditation. Mudras bandhas and mantras shouldn’t be ignored. Please do your yoga and don’t miss out on the shavasana, yog nidra or meditation today. Observe your emotions during meditation. Don’t feel them, simply observe them. Remember that ‘You are not the emotion’. It’s simply passing through you, like a wave. Looking at it and saying, “Ah, that’s sadness” ( or anger, or fear, or impatience or happiness) takes the sting out of it. You don’t stop yourself from feeling it, you just observe it.
Chandranamaskar The full moon is a good time for doing this round of asanas. Its lovely to do it at night, when you can see the full moon (or even the crescent moon), or at dawn at the time of the full moon. Remember – empty stomach ( no food for three hours before).
The Chandra namaskar has fourteen positions that relate to the fourteen lunar phases. As the twelve positions of Surya namaskar relate to the twelve solar phases of the year. You can do Chandra namaskar if you already know Surya namaskar. The moon has no light of it’s own but reflects the light of the sun, so chandranamaskar reflects the practice of surya namaskar.

The physical appearance of the asana sequence is similar to surya namaskar except for the addition of one extra pose (that is repeated) but the force of each asana is changed subtly by the repetition of mantras related to lunar energies. The extra asana – ardhachandrasana or the half moon pose emphases the link with the lunar energies that are set up by a preparatory visualization.

half moon pose
Stand with your fee together, eyes closed, arms beside the body. Become aware of the natural flow of your breath. Then become aware of the movement in the body with the rhythm of the breath. Slowly transfer your awareness to the eyebrow centre. Visualise the moon in this space. A full moon in a clear night sky, reflecting it’s brightness on the waves of the ocean. The full reflection of the moon penetrates the deep waters and the cool moonlight catches the dancing waves. See the image clearly and be aware of any sensations created in the mind or body.
Let the visualization fade and become aware of the body in the standing position.
Start your chandranamaskar.
Prayer pose  Om Kamesvaryai Namaha
Raised arm pose Om Bhagamalinayai Namaha
Hand to foot pose Om Nityaklinai Namaha
Equestrian pose Om Bherundayai Namaha
Half moon pose Om Vanivasinyai Namaha
Mountain pose (downward dog) Om Vajreshvaryai Namaha
Salute with eight points Om Dutyai Namaha
Cobra Om Tvaritayai Namaha
Mountain pose (downward dog) Om Kulasundaryai Namaha
Equestrian pose Om Nityatyai Namaha
Half moon pose Om Nilapatikinyai Namaha
Hand to foot pose Om Vijayayai Namaha
Prayer pose Om Jvalamalinyai Namaha
There is also a change of legs in position 18 (equestrian pose)  of the Chandranamaskars. Instead of stretching the right foot backward the left foot is stretched backward. In position 24 (the same pose) the left knee is bent and the right foot is brought forward between the hands.

After one round there’s a crossover of the leg positions of these stages.
After you’ve done as many rounds as you want to – do the moon visualization again. Then relax in shavasana.
It’s best to learn it from a teacher. Chandranamaskar done for spiritual practice should be performed slowly. It has a cooling, relaxing effect and stimulates creativity.