Have you ever bathed in the moonlight of a full moon? There's a reason many of us place our healing stones, Mala beads or anything that may need energetic cleansing to bathe in the moon's light. Tonight you will have the opportunity to do just that. This is just one way we can use the moon's power to help boost and recharge ourselves and things that extend from us, such as crystals, pendulums or other personal items, even yourself.
“When the moon is full, you can utilize its powerful energy in a myriad of ways,” says Sasha Graham, a Kripalu presenter and the author of seven books on tarot. “Imagine it illuminating you, use it for psychic or dream work, or just bask in its glow. Then, as the moon begins to shrink back or wane, think about what you want to get rid of, make smaller in your life. Think about reducing negativity and stress. I find working with lunar cycles can add a great power boost to your life and help you feel mysteriously witchy!”
The lunar phases can parallel our intentions here on earth: The days during the new moon are auspicious for a fresh start. The full moon is the phase for completing projects. The last quarter moon is the time to release and let go. (And we can access those energies and intentions even when clouds obscure the moon!)
It is also a time where we can bring in a Moon Salutation practice, also known as Chandra Namaskar, perfect before bed time. Most are more familiar with Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar practices which are energizing and done in the morning as the sun rises. Moon Salutations are usually done in the evening and is also considered a cooling or cool down practice.
Here are the benefits of a Moon Salutation practice:
Relieve back pain and sciatic nerve pain
Channel more creativity
Balance yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energies
Stretch tight hip flexors
Improve the quality of sleep
Unwind from a long day
Full body stretch
Promote inner peace and meditation
helps us with restful sleep
Moon salutations stretch your spine, hamstrings, and backs of legs, while strengthening your leg, arm, back, and stomach muscles.
Below are two variations of moon salutation sequences to try.
So bask in the glow of tonight's full moon. And although the full moon will be out of site by Wednesday, please join me tomorrow for a moon inspired practice together. Where? At the PCSAM chapel or IG stream @pcsmchurch at 1 pm. Registration is encouraged
Love and blessings,
Resident Yogi and Self Care Doula