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Image: The Full Harvest Moon - September 2018
Practicing yoga can bring us more in tune with our own cycles as well as the cycles of nature. Humans are approximately 60% water and we are energetically affected by the phases of the moon. The moon is exerts two and a half times the gravitational pull of the sun. Many of us feel this powerful effect without realising it.
The full moon has a strong energy and is a time of fullness, completion, endings, and letting go.
Energetically the Full moon is a powerful time in the lunar cycle when the moon pours down a tremendous amount of energy. Our body responds to this and whatever is going on in your body and mind, is amplified. If you are angry, you will feel angrier or if you are happy, you will feel happier. This is a good time for spiritual practice to help you attain a calm state of mind so you can use the lunar energy for transformation.
Yogis and other spiritual practitioners throughout the ages have performed rituals during the Full moon to channel the powerful lunar energy to the higher chakras, so that it provides the opportunity to transform, empower, heal and cleanse.
By bringing awareness to those things that are blocking us and holding us back we are able to work on letting them go so we no longer feel as stuck. We can use the two week period of the waning moon (becoming smaller) to continue to let go and affirm our willingness to release any obstacles to happiness.
The new moon brings with it the opportunity for new beginnings and new directions. We can use the new moon energy to identify what it is that we truly want in our life and start to plant the seeds of growth. During the two weeks of the waxing moon (growing larger) we continue to add energy to the intentions and goals we have set, and take any action that we can to help make our dreams a reality.
The Full Moon then arrives once again, which gives us the opportunity to let go of anything which may be standing in the way of manifesting our goals and dreams – and so the cycle starts again!
If you ever found that you can’t sleep for a few nights in a row or feel overly emotional, exhausted or filled with the need to make big changes and start something completely new for no apparent reason? Step outside at night and check out the size of the moon. You may be tuning into the energetic cycles of the moon.
Yogarama classes tune into the moon cycle and each week we explore a different aspect of yoga so that at the end of each month we are energetically balanced and in tune, bringing you into optimal health. If you are interested in how the moon cycles influence our yoga sequence - email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniella Goldberg has a love of yoga and a passion for mindful meditation. Through her Hatha-Flow classes, she gently guides her students to grow strong, be flexible, focused and mindful, on and off the mat.