Inspiration from the Moon

Moon reflected in water

With a full moon today, we’re taking inspiration for the class from the cool, tranquil energy of the moon. Dru yoga has a wonderful moon sequence (chandra namaskara), which helps to soothe mind and emotions by calming the sacral chakra and combining a flowing breath with the movements. Particularly useful at the time of the full moon when you can feel over emotional and sensitive.

Below is an extract from a moon-inspired meditation that I came across recently that suggests reflecting on the moon can help us to accept our own ups and downs, light and dark sides because we are all full, rounded and whole.

“During its different phases, the moon reflects both feminine and masculine energies. From a faint glimmer to a brazen spectacle, the moon’s appearance is at the mercy of its cyclical nature in the universe. We see it as a shy, secretive crescent moon one day or an undeniably assertive full moon at its peak, yet it actually does not change at all. What changes is only how it appears to us……….

The quiet shadows or the robust roundedness of the moon reveal an interesting comparison to the cycles of our own lives. Just as a crescent moon appears mysterious, we may appear shy or hidden and only reveal a glimmer about ourselves. Other times we feel as if we’ve walked into the spotlight completely open and exposed. By honouring the phases of our own cycles, we can understand that an ebb and flow between the delicate and the bold is a natural part of life………..

Meditations on the moon help us to embrace and balance our feminine and masculine yin-yang like qualities. By trusting our cyclical position in the universe, we can gracefully accept the high and low tides of life and simply honour them as temporary phases. Most importantly, we’ll remember that like the moon, how we appear to the rest of the world does not change the fact that we are always very, very whole.”

Jill Lawson writing in Om Magazine

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