“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.”—Shannon L. Alder
Do you believe that reality is just what you see and nothing more? If yes, then what is your gut feeling. How can you sense when something bad is going to happen. Of course, you don’t see it. You feel it. Like a small voice inside of you. This Universe is utterly magnificent. How can’t there be more?
In spirituality, everything in the Universe is a part of an interconnected web of energy. Science has also proved that everything is a form of energy.
Many historical religious and spiritual traditions have different beliefs about energy. But they all had one thing in common—the element of unseen.
They all believe that there is something else that we can’t see with our eyes. There were different names for energies like qi, soul, spirit, life force and many more. The life force exists inside and around us. This Universe is an ocean of energies. They have a powerful and intense effect on us.
Your body belongs to the world of matter. But there is something, woven within and throughout your body that moves and interacts on the level of pure energy. You are connected with everything in this Universe. Everything is entangled.
Quantum Physics has proved that everything vibrates. Everything is energy. Our thoughts are cosmic waves filled with powerful energy. We are part of universal consciousness; hence our thoughts matter. When we think and feel we send out cosmic waves which create and influence the Universe. We can also feel what others are sending out.
To learn about the miracles of full Moon, you should have the knowledge of all phases of the Moon. Find out everything about the Moon, its phases and their meanings in this article. Read more to learn about the full moon yoga and the full moon ritual. Harness the powerful energy of the Full Moon and tune to your inner self.
Moon is so beautiful. But have you ever felt calm when you look at the Moon? We are spiritual bodies. Every celestial object present in the Universe influences us. The Moon is the closest celestial body to us. Hence, it has a profound influence on us. The Moon symbolizes powerful feminine energy. It represents birth, death, intuition, wisdom, reincarnation and spiritual connection.
Nothing is made without purpose. If the lunar phases had no purpose, then the Moon would always be full just like the Sun. But in reality, the phases of the Moon have unique spiritual meaning. Moon cycle is just like the cycle of a seed. The Full Moon offers the most powerful energies. We can absorb those energies.
The energy of the Moon’s cycle can be used to connect to ourselves on a deeper level.
We can connect to the energy of the Moon through yoga. It will help us to set our intentions and clear negativity. We can activate the innate powers of Moon, once we are attuned to the Moon. The innate qualities of creativity, fluidity, femininity and change will help us to tune to our inner self.
THE MOON PHASES
The phases of the Moon have different meanings. Following are the meanings of each lunar phase:
1. New Moon:
The new Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun. The new moon phase signifies new beginnings and opportunities.
2.Waxing Crescent Moon:
In the waxing crescent moon phase, the illumination of the Moon grows. But less than half of the Moon is illuminated. This phase signifies intentions and aspirations.
3. First Quarter Moon:
In the first quarter, half of the Moon is illuminated. The other half is shadowed. This moon phase signifies resolution and decision making.
4. Waxing Gibbous Moon:
In the waxing gibbous Moon, the illumination of the Moon keeps on growing. More than half of the Moon is illuminated. This moon phase signifies purification, refinement and cleansing.
5. Full Moon:
In the full moon phase, the Sun illuminates the entire Moon. The waxing cycle completes. This moon phase signifies liberation, release and sealing of intention.
6. Waning Gibbous Moon:
In the waning gibbous moon phase, the illumination of the Moon decreases. Yet, more than half of Moon illuminated. This moon phase signifies thankfulness and gratitude.
7. Third Quarter Moon:
In the third quarter, half of the Moon is illuminated while the other half is shadowed. The side opposite of the First Quarter Moon is seen. This moon phase signifies forgiveness.
8. Waning Crescent Moon:
In the waning crescent moon phase, the illumination of the Moon keeps on decreasing less than half of the Moon is illuminated. This particular moon cycle signifies surrender. The waning cycle completes. After this phase, the new moon cycle begins again.
THE FULL MOON:
The full Moon is magnificent and powerful. It occurs when the surface of the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun. The Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned. Full Moon shows that the waxing cycle is completed. The full Moon signifies that the growth cycle of our intention is completed. When the Moon is full, its energy is at its peak. You can use this energy to identify and remove everything that is not serving your intentions.
You might feel like you have no control over your emotions, and you’ll be disconnected as well at the peak of the full moon phase. But you can utilize the energy of the Full Moon with a ritual. You will be able to identify the underlying causes of these emotions.
FULL MOON RITUAL:
During the full Moon, you’ll have the whole night to benefit from the energy of the Moon. The Full Moon ritual will help you to get rid of the old and stale energies and thought patterns. It will allow you to replace every bit of the negativity with the bright shunning Full Moon energy.
Your entire focus should be on the things you need to let go. You’ll need journal, matches, candles and a bowl of water for your full moon ritual. Following are the three steps to prepare for the Full Moon Ritual:
1. Choose a sacred place:
Choose a clean and quiet place for the full moon ritual. The surroundings should make you feel calm and in tune with yourself. Choose some items that will make you feel rooted and keep them close to yourself. There should not be any distractions nearby. Once you have selected your place for the ritual. Sit down and start to meditate. It will help to clear your mind of unwanted thoughts, stress and problems.
2. Observe and reflect:
After meditation, your mind will be clear and focused. Next, you should start observing everything. Identify the things you ignore, suppress or compromise in your life. Identify your negative thoughts and perceptions. They may be about some other person or yourself. Write down all these observations on a paper. You’ll release the negative energies from your mind. This ritual will allow you to make room for positive emotions. You’ll feel lighter and happier.
3. Let go of negativity:
During the full Moon, you have the best chance to get rid of everything that is keeping you from becoming the best version of yourself. Visualize and feel what you want to get rid of. Say the things out loud that you want out of your life. Then, burn the page you have written everything on to finally let go of the negativity from your life.
When the page is burned completely, put your hands in the bowl of water. It signifies cleansing. After that, express your gratitude to the Universe.
4. Re-energize your body and soul:
By the end of the third step, you will have let it all go of all the negativity. Now it is the time to enjoy the positive Moon energy. Take a walk to feel the full effect of the mesmerizing moonlight. Continue to harness the energy from the Moon. You will feel yourself getting recharged. The negativity will be gone.
The Moon is powerful. It helps and guides us to find the hidden wisdom and truth within our own selves. Start doing this ritual. You’ll definitely feel its effects on yourself.
WHAT IS THE MOON SALUTATION?
Do you ever feel overstimulated, distressed and overheated? It seems like everything is out of control, and you just have a complete breakdown. In those times, the soothing sequence of moon salutation will help you de-stress. It will allow you to gain control over your untamed emotions. In Sanskrit, the moon salutation is called ‘Chandra Namaskar.’ The moon salutation is quieting and calming sequence in which you cultivate the soothing lunar energy.
WHEN DID PEOPLE START PRACTICING IT?
The moon salutation is as popular as a solar salutation. The Sun Salutation is a fiery and strength building yoga. The Sanskrit name of Sun Salutation is Surya Namaskar. It means to bow to the Sun. In Sun Salutation, you lift up your arms and bow down. This is how you embody the solar energy. You stretch, strengthen, and warm your whole being with a sun salutation.
It is believed that moon salutation has been invented in the past century. The Bihar School is a yoga school in India. It was founded in the 1960s. This yoga school was the first to publish the sequence in asana pranayama Mudra Bandha. The moon salutation might be new, but the practice of looking at the Moon for rejuvenation is not new.
In the 500 years old Tantric text, the Shiva Samhita, the Moon was regarded as the source of immortality. The sun salutation (Surya Namaskar)heats our body, gives us internal fire and passion. On the other hand, the moon salutation (Chandra Namaskar)cools our body and replenishes our energy. Thus, you need sun salutation as well as the moon salutation to create a balance between the hot, fiery and cool, calming energies. Both of them will help you in your journey of self-realization.
In fact, the creator of Prana Flow Yoga, Shiva Rea says this about moon salutation, “This kind of practice is beneficial for men and women who are under any stress it is a great way to balance your energy before you get to the point of exhaustion.” Rea learned the moon salutation at the Bihar School of Yoga.
THE POSES OF CHANDRA NAMASKAR:
There are a lot of variations of Moon Salutations. The one explained here is Rea’s version of the moon salutation. This sequence is suitable for everyone. Before starting this sequence, take some time to prepare your mind and body for the practice. Practise the moon salutation in the evening. It is recommended to face the Moon or practice outdoors. But keep the lights low in case you are practising indoors.
Before starting your practice, meditate for some time. It will help you to focus your attention on your inner self. You have to pay special attention to each movement. Adopt a slower pace. Don’t move quickly from one pose to the next. Take your take and calmly do the poses. Feel each stretch, each movement. Feel how it is changing you. Feel the energy. Release the negative energy and make room for positive energy. Enjoy the soothing effect of the moon salutation on your body and soul.
The most important thing that you should keep in your mind is to move slowly. You don’t have to synchronize your each and every movement to your inhalation or exhalation. Unlike, the sun salutation, you don’t have to be quick during the moon salutation. Relish and appreciate the sequence. It will allow it to become more in tune with your inner self. The time doesn’t matter. Do it for how long you can. For how long you can enjoy. It has a great relaxing effect, so don’t try to do more than you can and make it an inconvenience for yourself.
You can meditate however you want. But this meditation is from the Bihar School. You have to start by sitting in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and focus on yourself. Think about the space between your eyebrows. Visualize a full moon in the sky that is shining brightly on the waves of the ocean. You have to visualize this in the space between your eyebrows. See the reflection of the Moon as it penetrates the deep water of the ocean. See the dancing waves.
You have to clearly see the image. Hear the sound of waves. Become aware of the sensations and the feelings in your mind and body. Let the visualization fade slowly and come back to the place where you are sitting comfortably.
1. Anjali Mudra
The first pose helps you to move into a lunar state. For this pose, stand up straight. Your feet should not be touching. Place them on a small distance to each other. After that turn your palms up, join your pinkies together. Hold this pose for a few moments. This pose helps you to let go of negativity and focus inward.
2. Standing Anahatasana
For the second pose, stand up straight. Start to inhale and open your arms wide. Then, while exhaling, put your hands on the sacrum. Inhale again and move your heart and belly up while keeping your hands on the inferior end of your spine (sacrum).
3. Lunar Uttanasana
For the nest pose, bend forward like you are folded. Keep your knees soft. Also, keep your neck relaxed. Then, bring your chest to your thighs. Put your palms on the ground facing the sky. Feel the tension as it releases through your spine. Move between this pose and Standing Anahatasana, three times.
4. High Lunge
After the third pose, stand up straight. Inhale deeply. When you exhale, step your left foot back into a High Lunge. Your front knee should be directly above your front ankle. Your back toes should be pressed into the ground. In this pose, both arms should be touching the ground.
5. Somachandrasana I
For the next pose stay in the same position. Inhale deeply and slowly move your right arm over your head as you turn both feet clockwise. Your front foot should be at a right angle, and your back foot should be in a Side Plank.
6. Somachandrasana II
In the next pose, keep the previous position. Exhale deeply and move your right arm back while keeping it straight. You don’t have to touch your back. Just reach toward your back foot with your chest open. Your shoulders should be at the same level. Move two times between the Somachandrasana I and II.
7. Transition to SahajaArdhaMalasana
For the next pose, again stay in the previous pose. Exhale slowly and turn your whole body counterclockwise until you are bending forward with your both hands on the ground and your feet wide apart. But parallel to each other.
For the next pose, inhale deeply. Then bend your left knee and extend your right leg. Keep your spine straight. Exhale slowly and gather energy to your pelvic floor from your legs. Inhale deeply and shift to the other side with the same awareness. Go back and forth twice. Keep your body in a slow and spontaneous flow.
9. High Lunge
For the next pose turn towards your left leg. Come into a High Lunge. Feel how your body stretches.
10. Plank Pose
For the next pose, inhale deeply. Step back into plank. Your hands should be under your shoulders. You will feel your core activated. There will be a line of energy from your crown to your tailbone then to your heels.
For the next pose, exhale and put your knees to the floor. Bend forward by slowly moving your hands out in front of you. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart. Then release your heart to the Earth. Rest for a few moments. Inhale and exhale slowly. Then lower all the way down.
For the next pose, bring your hands under your shoulders and lift up your chest. At the same time, rolling through the shoulders one after the other and free the neck. Your spine should move fluidly, without any hesitation.
For the next pose, exhale slowly. Move into the Down Dog with a feeling of relaxation. Pedal your heels and move through your hips and spine. Release your jaw. Your neck should move freely. In this pose, feel the bliss of a liberated and free dog.
14. Three-Legged Downward Dog
For the next pose, you have to pause in the Down Dog. Inhale deeply and extend your right leg to the sky. Exhale and lower your right leg down and place it next to the left foot. Inhale again and extend the left leg to the sky. Exhale and bring your left leg forward into a High Lunge.
15. High Lunge
For the next pose, you have to start by inhaling deeply in the lunge. Exhale and move your right foot forward to the top of the mat. Sway your hips slowly from side to side while feeling the relaxed energy.
16. Lunar Uttanasana
For the next pose, stand straight. Then bend forward like you are bowing. Your feet can be either together or hip-width apart. Your arms should hang heavily towards the Earth. Your palms should face up towards the sky.
17. Standing Anahatasana
For the next pose, stand up. Put your hands on the sacrum. Bend backward slightly. Feel the energy as it starts from your feet and moves up your legs then your heart and finally reaches your crown.
- Anjali Mudra
For the last pose, reflect inwardly and stand up straight. In this pose, you will offer a final mudra. That is gratitude and prayer for peace for all living things.
Finally, repeat the whole sequence on the second side. For the second time, step back with the right leg into the High Lunge.