The beautiful and mysterious moon, offers a daily reminder about the cycles ever-present in nature and ourselves. It has been studied for thousands of years and, scientifically, it has influence over the ocean tides, crops, and the rhythms of our bodies.
Tips for syncing up your yoga practice with the moon.
1. Connect with nature, take notice of the moon.
2. Observe the cycles of the moon. There are several noticeable cycles of the moon:
New moon, Waxing crescent, First quarter (Half Moon), Waxing gibbous, Full Moon, Waning gibbous, Third quarter (Half Moon), and Waning crescent.
3. Incorporate ways to honor the current moon phase, which will allow for deeper connection to your own personal rhythms.
Listed below are some ideas for your yoga practice and how you can harness the energy of the moon during each phase.
New Moon days (as well as 1st day of ones Menstrual Cycle) - These are days for grounding.
Restorative, Yin and Meditation practice can feel most beneficial during this time.
Crescent Moon days - moon energy is still in a low frequency. Slow Flow, Hatha, and alignment-based practices are helpful during this phase.
Half Moon days (day before and after half moon are also included) - These are the best days to take advantage of practicing balancing postures. There is a reason we have a balancing pose in Sanskrit named Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon). The theory correlates to the influence over water (ocean tides are less powerful during this time). We are mostly made of water, so it would be understandable that our bodies may respond to these moon days as easier days to practice balancing.
Gibbous Moon days - These are the days where you can see a greater portion of reflection of light off the moon. The moon energy will be higher during these times. Connect to a practice that is more energizing such as Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Improv.
Full Moon days - Time to sweat it out and detoxify (let go of what you don’t need). Heated Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Core focused practice, Dancing or Drumming are all great during this high energy time.
An easy way to remember which practice would go with each moon phase would be to think of the brightness of a light. The more bright the light, the more energy there is coming from it. The new moon builds up energy to the full moon like the crescendo in a song, then descends toward the new moon to start all over again.
Have fun and listen to your intuition. Remember that your own personal cycle can influence what your body would like to practice on certain days as well.
For more information about connecting to the moon and celebrating your own personal cycles visit twylahekko.com
This week's guest post is written by Om On's instructor, Twylah Ekko.