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Yoga Playlist: A Garden on the Moon

In honor of the new moon, I brought back this playlist I created in February for tonight's VinYin at Kula tonight. 

We even did some moon salutations! They are a little more involved than your usual sun salutation (and there are quite a lot of variations out there), but moon salutations are a great addition to any practice. My favorite thing about practicing moon salutations is all the mat navigation! It's fun to approach poses from different entry points (i.e. opening to triangle from the floor, rather than reaching from Warrior II). It can be disorienting to practice towards the "back" of the mat, but it's worth it!


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