Everything is energy: Each thought, idea, and emotion radiates a frequency. And every day, around the cycles of the moon, the gravitational pull causes these energies to be amplified. "Waning moons are a time when the tides and energies are high, fresh starts are upon us, and the time of new beginnings (and the new moon) is offered to us. Staying balanced in pivotal times of change can be challenging, but thankfully, we have some tools we can employ to find our grounding!" says yogi Sara Quirconi.
In a week, the new moon, which is the first phase of mother moon's cycle—and the time when the sun and the moon are in perfect alignment—is completely enveloped by the night sky and disappears for a brief period of time. Although it may seem as though the moon has vanished, it's as powerful and abundant as ever. "This is a magical time for self-reflection, relaxation, and enlightenment. It's the perfect time to set new intentions, new goals, and prepare for new beginnings. During this lunar phase, take time for yourself and reconnect with your yoga practice and your deepest desires. Consciously bring your awareness inward and honor the changes occurring in your life," says Sara.
Focus on the qualities of the moon in your yoga practice to increase your connection to lunar energy with this yoga sequence that incorporates these five asanas.
This pose stimulates and engages the entire body and mental focus. Start on your hands and knees, shoulders directly over your wrists. Tuck your toes, extend your legs, and walk your feet back until your shoulders, hips, and ankles form a straight line.
Downward-facing dog is the cornerstone of yoga! The best way to get into downward dog is to start on your hands and knees in table pose (bharmanasana), and then be sure your hands are directly beneath your shoulders and your knees are underneath your hips. Keep your hands planted, tuck your toes under, then press your tailbone up in the air as you shift your weight back into your heels. Your body will form an upside-down V-shape.
Low lunge with hooked thumbs:
A low lunge opens the heart and hips while the arms-and-thumbs gesture cleanses your lymphatic system. Set your front knee right over your ankle, fingertips on either side of your foot. Reach your other foot far enough back that your front thigh comes parallel to the ground.
Reverse warrior 2:
Opens up the ribs, lungs, and heart for new space while staying grounded in the foundation of the floor beneath. Lean back over your back leg, keeping your body directly open to the side. Rest your back hand lightly on your calf, and reach your front arm either straight up or past your ear to the back.
Sukhasana (easy seated posture):
Easy seated posture is wonderful for stillness and meditation—finding grounding to create anew with the new moon and cycle ahead can be powerful. Cross your shins, widen your knees, and slip each foot beneath the opposite knee as you bend your knees and fold the legs in toward your torso. As always, you should sit with your pelvis in a relatively neutral position. As you hang there for a few breaths, make your thigh bones heavy, then slowly lower your sit bones lightly back to the support. Try to balance your pubic bone and tailbone so they're equidistant from the floor.
Oh, and don't forget to mark your calendars for the new moon on May 25!