Yoga and the moon: a love story
Women are highly affected by the moon and its cycles, although many of us are unaware of it. When we take the time to slow down and connect to Mother Earth and her rhythms we unlock the potential to move through our life with more understanding of ourselves and others.
Other cycles that our bodies align or un-align with are our menstrual cycles, the Earth’s seasons, and astrological cycles as well. The moon cycles are a great way to start connecting because it’s very tangible and easy to find out what phase the moon is in and when.
Four Basic Moon Phases
New Moon (or Dark Moon)
The moon looks dark during this phase. Every day, the light part of the moon gets fuller. This makes it a great time to set a specific intention. Choose a yoga practice that helps you focus on what you want to manifest in your life. Pick postures and meditations that inspire you and make you feel confident. Don’t hold back. Being specific and clear makes our dreams come true. Take some time to journal about it too.
This phase of the moon includes both the waxing crescent moon and the first quarter moon. During this time, the moon is still growing (waxing) so it holds that energy which you can harness. Think of your intention like a seed and practice things that will help nurture it. Create a yoga and the moon practice that will help your intentions grow and flourish.
- Full Moon
The moon is at its brightest during this phase. Every day after the full moon phase, it will get smaller and smaller. This is the perfect time to release or let go of anything that is no longer serving you or holding you back from manifesting what you desire. Bring rituals into your yoga and meditation practices that encourage the releasing process. Chanting, creating an altar with meaningful touchstones, or guided meditations all might work here. There’s no right or wrong way. If your looking for yoga posture ideas, hip openers and twists typically evoke the feeling of letting go.
This phase includes the last quarter moon and the waning crescent moon. It’s still holding energy that will help you to release. Use this time to dig deep to uncover what’s holding you back. Get rid of clutter and anything causing stress, or at least find alternate and more effective ways to manage it.
By focusing on the phases of the moon, we will get in touch with our inner Goddess energy which holds the key to our intuition. We can better know ourselves and be more intentional about how to travel through life.
Yoga and the moon practices can be anything from asana, meditation, prayer, journaling, chanting, creating mantras, and anything that connects you to your deepest desires.
Each moon phase falls under a different astrological sign which provides a particular energy. It’s a great idea to harness these different energies during each phase to help you create the life of your dreams by bringing your desires into existence and releasing whatever is getting in your way.
Continue this journey by delving into the moon phase for each month and how you can harness its energy to make your dreams come true. Once we incorporate this vital energy to help ourselves, the whole universe rises to support this.