By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

This month we have experienced the largest, closest, and brightest moon since 1948! Hopefully, there are clear skies where you are, and you can take a few moments to go outside and bask in its lovely glow.  Many cultures honor the moon as a manifestation of the divine feminine energy.  As the solar energy is masculine, warm, active, and outwardly focused, the lunar energy is cool, calm, and focused inward.  Although our lives tend to revolve around the heat and movement associated with the sun, as the moon rises in the evening we are reminded to slow down and listen to our inner voice. This is a time for quiet and introspection.

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Those of you who practice yoga are familiar with the Sun Salutations, but did you know there is also a Moon Salutation? As our days grow shorter, I personally find this practice beneficial toward the end of my day. Although you can practice this at anytime, it’s a lovely sequence to practice outside under the moon, or inside near a window where you can experience the moon’s glow. I like to practice four rounds, one for each season. I suggest you listen to your body, and decide what is best for you and repeat the following sequence as desired. This sequence is just one variation of a moon salutation, demonstrated by Alyssa.

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Begin at the top of your mat with your thumbs at your heart. Inhale raising your arms overhead. Touch your thumbs to your heart and exhale as you fold forward. Palms are on your mat. You can bend your knees if you’re unable to touch the floor.

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Step your left leg back to a lunge and gently place your left knee on your mat with your fingertips on the floor. Feel grounded as you inhale lifting your palms up to prayer over your head. Exhale and release your hands back to your mat.

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Step your right leg back to downward facing dog. Breathe…. Inhale and release both knees to the floor in tabletop pose.

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Exhale to child’s pose.

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Inhale back to tabletop pose, then extend one leg back at a time to upward facing dog with the tops of your feet resting on your mat.

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Exhale and press back to downward facing dog.

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Step your right foot forward between your hands and rest your left knee on the floor. Inhale raising your arms palms together overhead.

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Exhale lowering your arms to the floor and step the left leg forward relaxing into a forward bend.

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Inhale to a standing position bringing your arms overhead, and exhale bringing your thumbs back to you heart.  Close your eyes and be aware of how calm you feel in body, breath, and mind. On your next round, extend your right leg back to lunge.

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Namaste. ~ May

Tell me the story about how the sun loved the moon so much, he died every night to let her breathe.

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