Full Moon Yin Yoga

What is the Meaning of the Full Moon?

The full Moon marks a time for completion: of coming to terms with what has been ‘grown’ since the new Moon, and taking stock of your bounty. It also acts as an energetic spotlight, literally shining a light on things that need to come to your attention.

It’s thought that the effect of full moon is more noticeable on the physical body whereas the new Moon’s effect is more evident on the mind. Many find that their physical balance is more unstable on full Moon days, making practise of asanas that require great balance, quite a challenge.

Month of Journal Prompts For Every Moon Phase

Journal Prompts for Moon Phases

What Does The Full Moon Mean For Your Zodiac Sign?

Every new Moon is different, because of where the Moon is in relation to you and the heavens. This gives you the chance to work with the energies of each different Zodiac sign as the Moon passes through. (It does so quickly too: moving through one sign approximately every 2.5 days.)

Even if you you don’t have any planets in the sign the Moon is passing through, you can still look at your chart to see what House that sign rules in your chart. We all have elements of the entire Zodiac in our make-up, with some more emphasised than others. Noting what part of your chart the Moon is passing through is helpful in determining what energies you can focus on for that full Moon phase.

 

What’s The Best Way To Honour The Full Moon?

 

1) Check out your birth chart

As I mentioned, the full Moon will be moving through a certain part of the sky, a Zodiac sign (like Aries, Cancer and so on) so it’s worth having a look at your own birth (or ‘natal’) chart to see what’s happening in that Zodiac sign of your chart.

Are there any planets in that sign? What house is that sign in? Where are the planets that rule that sign in your chart?

If this is sounding a bit complicated, feel free to book in a chat with me to discuss your birth chart in greater depth.

 

2) Review your intentions

Working with the cycle of the Moon each month, you can use the new Moon to ‘plant’ your intentions, and revisit them at the full Moon to observe how they have come to fruition.

This isn’t test: you aren’t being judged on how well you ‘manifested’ during the cycle. This is about noting where you’re at, how you feel and what opportunities you have been given.

You can take this time to ask yourself (and ideally write down or make art) about what’s changed in your life since the new Moon, or the last full Moon. Is there anything you have learned? Anything that surprised you? The more you take note of these subtle shifts, the more adept you’ll be at paying attention to your needs, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

 

3) Practise Yin Yoga

In the Astanga yoga tradition, yoga (the physical asana portion) isn’t practised on ‘Moon Days’ – that is, the full Moon and the new Moon.

So whilst I don’t recommend a vigorous practise, I don’t see any harm in a gentle, restorative or Yin Yoga flow that assists you tuning in with the sky above, and helps you process the fruits that the past Moon cycle has brought you and integrate what you’ve learned.

Here’s a sequence you might find helpful on the new Moon:

  • Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Stand with feet hip-width apart and knees soft. Exhale as you slowly bow forward, hinging at the hips, bringing your hands towards the ground. Keep the knees bent to be gentle on the legs and allow the spine to be long.

Stay here for approx. 2 minutes.

  • Garland Pose (Malasana)

From forward fold, bend your knees a bit more, and heel-toe the feet out until they’re mat-width apart, with the toes pointing out at 45 degrees. Drop your hips down as you continue to bend the knees.

Inhale lengthen up through your crown. Exhale, lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs. Expand your elbows into your inner knees, bringing your palms to together in prayer position (Anjali Mudra) and draw the knees into the elbows.

Stay here for approx. 2 minutes.

  • Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Taking your hands back to the floor, step your feet back carefully to all fours (table pose). Bring knees out wide and big toes to touch. Sink the hips back and actively reach the arms towards the front of your mat.

Ground down through the palms, as the tailbone releases towards the Earth. Take deep cleansing breaths in through the nose and out of the mouth for an audible exhale. Breathe into the back body.

Stay here for approx. 3 minutes.

  • Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

Come back to all-fours. Plant the palms firmly down and step your right foot forward, lowering the back knee to the mat. Ground firmly through both legs and draw energy up from the ground, through your hips and core, inhale to bring your hands to your front thigh, lifting your crown up.

Stay here for approx. 2 minutes.

  • Lizard pose

Bring both hands back to the ground, on the inside of your front foot. Turn the toes of the front foot towards the outer edge of your mat, making sure the knee is still tracking over your ankle.

If you feel comfortable here, bend your elbows and bring forearms to the mat, lowering yourself further down.

Stay here for approx. 2 minutes.

***Step back foot to all fours/table top pose, and repeat Lunge and Lizard pose on the opposite side***

  • Supine twist

Come to lie on your back. Bending your right knee, take it over the left leg. Extend your arms out long (you can also take your left hand to add weight onto your right thigh). Turn your head to gaze gently over your right arm. Ground your right shoulder blade to floor.

Stay here for approx. 3 minutes.

***Repeat on opposite side.***

  • Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Time to relax. Bring your legs out long, feet as wide as the mat. Hands by your side with palms facing up to absorb the new Moon energy. Draw your shoulder blades down your back, neck long and let the eyes close. From the crown of the head to the tips of the toes, relax. Calm the mind and explore your inner landscape. Stay here for at least 5 minutes to let the practise fully absorb.

When you come out of corpse pose, consider taking some time either seated in easy pose or on a chair, to think about what has been revealed to you this full Moon.

This would also be a wonderful time to write in your Moon Phase Journal. If you’d like further prompts and clarity, you might try the journal prompts I offer freely below. 

Month of Journal Prompts For Every Moon Phase


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