By Emma Cavanough from Atman Yoga Women and our connection to the moon has been worshiped upon for centuries. We will discover the phases of the moon and use the power of yoga poses to support us harness La Lunas Magic.

Moon Phases New Moon The Moon is positioned between the Earth and Sun so it cannot be seen from Earth. This moon phase signifies new beginnings. The energy of the New Moon is associated with introspection, self-analysis and reflection on ourselves. An opportunity for a fresh start and a New You. Set goals, create an altar.

Waxing Crescent Moon ‘Waxing’ means the Moon’s illumination is growing, and ‘Crescent’ means less than half of the Moon is illuminated. This moon phase signifies intention. The crescent moon is the symbol and representation of the Wiccan Goddess, embodying Manifestation and Abundance. Money spells, Moon water, Career spells. First Quarter Moon Exactly half of the Moon is illuminated and the other half is shadowed. This particular moon cycle signifies decision making. This is an excellent time to act regarding your deepest wishes and to address your biggest blockages. It is a great time for growth and self-healing.  Love spells, Luck spells, spiritual healing. Waxing Gibbous Moon ‘Waxing’ means the Moon’s illumination is growing and ‘Gibbous’ means more than half of the Moon is illuminated. This moon phase signifies refinement. It is a time to be patient. Recognize the power of the Universe and let it take control. Pause your actions and instead observe the state in which your projects are. Relax, analyse, and plan your next move. Pause and observe. Full Moon The Sun illuminates the entire moon. This particular moon cycle signifies release and sealing of intention. It represents the culmination and success of everything you started during the Waxing moon phase. Now everything is in its fullness. During this phase, people are more receptive and social relationships become more favorable. Take chances, perform spells for whatever you need in your life. Waning Gibbous ‘Waning’ refers to the decreasing of the Moon’s illumination, and ‘Gibbous’ means more than half of Moon illuminated. This moon phase signifies gratitude. It brings an opportunity to remove and eliminate negative energies. Use this moon phase to free yourself from burdens that are holding you back. Banishing spells, protection spells, Cleanse and detox. Third Quarter Exactly half of the Moon is illuminated and the other half is shadowed. We will see the opposite side than the First Quarter Moon. This moon phase signifies forgiveness. Let the energy of this moon quietly finish your removal processes and cleanses. Close any pending issues and quietly renew your inner energies. Rest and love are high here. Waning Crescent ‘Waning’ refers to the shrinking of the Moon’s illumination, and ‘Crescent’ means less than half of the Moon is illuminated. This particular moon cycle signifies surrender. It’s a moment of closure and reflection, do not use it to make any big decisions or start a new project. Look back, practice the attitude of gratitude.

Yoga & the Moon

The Moon Salutation, known in Sanskrit as “Chandra Namaskara” (SHAHN-drah nah-muh-SKAR-uh), is a series of poses performed in a particular sequence to create a cooling flow of movement. Like the popular Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara), each pose in a Moon Salutation is coordinated with your breathing: Inhale to extend, and exhale to bend. But unlike Sun Salutations, which are heating and stimulating, Moon Salutations are cooling and quieting. They are used to calm the mind and draw your awareness inward. Moon Salutations are useful when energy or temperatures are high and a tranquil, quiet presence is required.

New Moon Yoga Focus: Seated meditation. Sit for 10 minutes in the morning and also 10 minutes at night. Focus on actually feeling and listening to your inhales and exhales. If your mind wanders off during your time, come back to focusing on your breath, just like a blank slate. Waxing Crescent Moon Yoga Focus: Crescent Moon. This posture represents the grounding down in order to begin to energetically lift up. Just like a new Endeavor, if you’re knot solid in your base, it will be difficult to rise up. First Quarter Moon Yoga Focus: Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II) This posture has you looking forward toward where you are going but you’re also anchored to where you started in your back foot and hand. Ground down through your feet to feel equal weight distributed throughout your entire body. Feel how strong you are in this posture and also on your journey through the lunar cycle. Waxing Gibbous Moon Yoga Focus: Eagle Pose (Garudasana) This posture is all about finding refinement as you gently shift your body to draw to your midline. It also is a great posture to prepare for a full release and celebration during the full moon. Full Moon Yoga Focus: Half Moon or Full Moon variation (Ardha Chandrasana). This posture is all about opening up and expanding energy in every direction possible. But the balance of energy happens from your core. Let your intention be your core strength that anchors you here. Share it with others and give gratitude for yourself for working so hard to get here. Waning Gibbous Moon Yoga Pose: Bow Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana). Or Full wheel if that is in your practice. This posture is about leading with your heart and exposing your heart chakra. It takes strength to share what is most intimate to ourselves. But trust that when you put it out there, someone will receive what you’re sharing in a positive way. Last Quarter Moon Yoga Focus: Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana). This posture is about letting go and turning inward. Send deep breaths to your entire body. Let every exhale serve as a release of tension both physically and mentally. Waning Crescent Moon Yoga Pose: Corpse Pose (Savasana) or Meditation. These restorative postures are the time to take in everything that you just gave yourself and start fresh for the next cycle ahead.

All my love, Em xoxo

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