Moon Yoga-New Moon Yoga Online Class
How Moon Cycle Influences Our Yoga Practice.
If you have been struggling keeping up with a regular yoga practice, you are not alone. There are days when yoga practice is not in the stars for me. I wake up and instantly know: “Nop, not today”; and on a contrary, on some mornings, my body demands a deep stretch and a soft meditation, and I must obey.
You might say – some days we are just lazy, have to just push through it; I say – moon has a lot to do with it, and we should know why. It is very important to be aware of moon cycle if you are looking for a balanced yoga practice.
All life forms trapped in a cycle of birth, growth, death, and renewal; it is also mirrored in the cycle of moon. Understanding the connection between moon cycle and physical body can help us have a harmonious yoga practice.
Remember, that we are mostly made of water. During the time of a full moon ocean has a high tide, the time when everything comes out and all garbage washes on a shore; during a new moon - low tide. Same happens in your body, energy goes up before a full moon, peaks on a full moon and goes down after that. It is important to be aware which phase the moon is in right now, so you can adjust your daily routine accordingly.
During the time of a Dark/New Moon energy in a body is going inwards and focused on self-nourishing. The energy level is low, and your body will demand collecting and preserving it. Walking barefoot on a ground or a beach and aromatic baths are the best to keep you balanced during this period. You will naturally want to slow down and consume calories. Most of the people gain weight during this stagnant time. But New Moon is not all that bad. New Moon is a time for new beginnings, growth, fresh ideas, experiences, and events. A great period to go within to think, learn and plan. During this introspective time, we are the most open to receive knowledge, set intentions and make plans.
When it comes to a New Moon Yoga practice, it is highly recommended not to push yourself and follow a deep stretch for beginners, even if you are an advanced practitioner. Everyone needs a break, so use this time according to your own energy level.
For your New Moon Yoga sequence, I recommend, to hold your poses longer, for at least 10 breaths, and use a lot of support from the props, blankets and blocks will serve you well during this period. It is a good time to add a pranayama practice (a yogic breathing technique), mediation and maybe even chant mantras - all of it will calm your mind and bring your energy in a balanced state. After your practice, it is also beneficial to journal your goals and manifestations for the month ahead.
Why New Moon Yoga Is the Most Beneficial for Beginners
BALANCE YOUR EMOTIONS
MANIFEST YOUR GOALS
Full Moon energy is strong, directed outward for the whole world to receive. Energy that has been collected and preserved, now, overflowing and pushing to come out. During this time, we might experience strong emotions and fiery interactions. Good moment to claim your power, make important decision, work hard, and make changes. Full Moon is associated with vitality and power, enjoy this prosperous time of abundance: eat good food, celebrate, move a lot! The moon is on your side.
Full Moon Yoga Practice is always sweaty, fast, and focused on creating strength in the body. Repeated Sun Salutations is a good way to create a fire in the body and ignite the energy flow. Intentional movement of the energy from the lower chacras to the higher ones, should be a big part of yoga during the Full Moon period.
For your Full Moon Yoga Sequence, I suggest adding any bandhas (energy locks) and inversions, like a shoulder stand and a headstand. Strong energy flow in the body can help you transform negative feelings into positive, rage into creative action, tension into pleasure and overall calm your busy mind.
Sink your yoga practice with a moon calendar, and you will be surprised how much easier it is to get up in the morning and get on with the daily yoga routine. Remember, the hardest part of yoga practice is to roll out the mat.
Why Full Moon Yoga is Perfect for Busy Minds
I created a New Moon Yoga online event to help my Healing Community to be in tune with natural flow of the energy. We will gather every New Moon via Zoom for a 1-hour mild hatha yoga stretch, soft meditation, breathing and easy manifestation techniques.
Register for the event here and receive a zoom link for a New Moon Yoga Online practice.
We will gather on:
November 23, 2022
December 23, 2022
Jane is a 200-hour certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher (Abhinam Yoga).
Educated by yoga gurus in India, she prioritizes correct alignment and injury-free yoga. Her practice is a combination of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Iyengar alignment principles.
She teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation.