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Moon Energy Yoga

Moon Energy Yoga

Don't worry if you're making waves just by being yourself. The Moon does it all the time.” Scott Stabile

Ready to align with the moon? February 10th marked the Lunar New Year, which celebrates the New Year based on the lunar calendar. This week, we’ve got four classes designed to attune your physical and subtle body to the energetics of the moon. Light can’t exist without darkness and vice-versa. Hatha is the physical practice of yoga and “Ha” means sun and “tha” means moon. The sun provides us with light and life, but the moon wields significant power on the Earth and on us.

On a grand scale, the moon controls the ocean tides with its gravitational pull. About 71% of the earth is covered by water of which the oceans are 95%. So, as the moon waxes and wanes, it influences everything from fishermen’s livelihood to tsunamis to daredevils surfing fifty-foot waves off the coast of Nazaré. Of course we all feel the moon’s impact on our moods and emotions so aligning with the moon’s energy can be really impactful.

You’ve heard about howling at the Full Moon and perhaps know that emergency rooms are fuller because more accidents occur under the Full Moon. Many of us feel our emotions on a grander scale during this time so it’s a great time for inner reflection. Full Moon energy is associated with letting go. It’s a great time to release what is no longer serving you.

For the two weeks following a Full Moon, the moon wanes until it becomes a crescent in the sky. The New Moon signifies beginnings and is an excellent time to start new projects, to move forward, to take charge of your life. During the two-week waxing phase, use the energy of the moon’s visible growth to expand your own life.

Yoga is a perfect way to connect to the moon’s energy. Moon Salutations are known in Sanskrit at Chandra Namasakar. Unlike Sun Salutations, Moon Salutations are a sequence of linked poses designed to create a cooling flow. Chandra Namaskar includes mountain pose, star pose, goddess pose, lateral low lunges, triangle pose and pyramid pose. Check out this week’s classes and connect with the lunar energy! 

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