Yoga & Full Moon: Why Opt for a Meditative Practice?

Did you know that, in many traditions, the practice of yoga follows the different moon cycles? Do you know why?

On May 11th, 2021, comes the new Moon. On this occasion, let us give you a few pointers on how to adapt your yoga practice to the different moon phases. As you may know, Hatha Yoga seeks the constant balance between Surya and Chandra, the Sun and the Moon, the masculine and feminine energies. 

 

Our energy waxes and wanes, same as the Moon

Imagine your body takes the shape of the Moon. The first phase occurs from the new to the full Moon. During this phase, the moon waxes, and so does the body, filling up with energy, day after day, until it’s finally full. During this phase, the body energy goes up through the right side of the body. The advice could be to practice more dynamically to help stimulate this latter. 

The second phase comes after the Moon and lasts until the next new one. Having reached the highest point of its potential at the full Moon, the energy starts to wane again. It goes down day after day through the left side of the body. We can try to practice more softly to accompany this phenomenon, maybe starting with the left side instead of the right. 

 

Why meditate when comes the Full Moon

Considering the different phases we just explained, you’d have understood that our body reaches its full potential of energy at the full Moon. That is why we encourage not to do vigorous asanas but rather to privilege restorative and meditative practices. Think of it like this; if you see a fire, do you cast oil or water to keep it from spreading? Full Moons can be good times to sit down, ground, and center ourselves. 

The next full Moon will be May 26th, 2021. Let us all take some time for ourselves and meditate, acknowledging the end of the phase we just went through and welcoming a new one. 

 

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