Happy Full Moon beauties!
Today we bring you a movement ceremony to soften and open your heart chakra so you can cultivate contentment and receive the blessings that are already all around you. If you can, practice this asana under the Full moon's light tonight and with a Moon Sistar! My beautiful soul sistar and yoga teacher Hannah helped me with this video, my heart is full of gratitude!
There is a lot of back bending and heart opening in this flow, so listen to your body and do what feels good!
Before you begin...
I find setting an intention before you begin to move on the mat brings more meditation, focus, and sacredness to your practice. Feel free to draw a card from Spirit de la Lune and explore that word while you are moving and breathing, or try the Blessing Moon spread from the guidebook!
Mudras are sacred gestures that help us activate different energies in the body and prana, the life force energy, within and all around us. Here are a couple of Hand Mudras you can try during your movement ceremony or while meditating under the Full Moon .
Mudra of the Earth
Touch the tip of your ring finger to the tip of your thumb for the Mudra of the Earth or Privthi Mudra. This gesture stimulates and grounds your Root chakra to increase stillness and contentment within your body. Let your heart soften with love and appreciation for all your body does for you.
Mudra of the Sun
You can also adjust this mudra by pressing your ring finger into your palm with your thumb. Your ring finger should be pressing into the thumb with the tip of your ring finger resting on the mount of Venus. This is the Surya Mudra, or Mudra of the Sun and increases the fire, or agni, within you. If you need to increase your energy and vitality try this mudra with your right hand and hold a citrine crystal in your left. Chant affirmations of mantras, or take 10 deep breaths and see how you feel afterward!
This is a beautiful heart opening mudra to practice and cultivate gratitude and receiving love and blessings gracefully. At heart center, bring the bottom of your palms together touching your pinkies together and your thumbs together, almost as if your are creating a bowl with your hands. Stretch out and expand your open fingers, creating the lotus blossom in bloom. Imagine beautiful moonlight cascading into this vessel and pouring into your heart. You can hold crystals in this gesture or hold a bowl of moon water and bless it with your heart and the moon before you drink it. If you do hold a bowl, drink from it while your hands are still in this gesture.
Here are also a couple of variations for savasana for you to try as you end your practice. Feel free to place crystals all over your body and especially around you heart as you lay in these poses soaking in the movement you just did. Lay out under the moonlight, or imagine the beautiful Full Moon right above you restoring and healing your body with her gentle, soothing light.
Legs up the Tree (or Wall) Pose
This is a such a rejuvenating and restoring pose for savasana. It is a gentle inversion bringing more blood and circulation to your heart. If your hamstrings are tight, feel free to bend your legs a little keeping your feet on the wall or tree. You can deepen the back bend by placing a blanket under your hips, but that is completely optional. Listen to your intuition and follow your body's rhythms. (Click the images to enlarge them).
If you are outside using a tree, feel the energy of the tree commune and merge with yours. Feel the energy rising from the roots of the tree and from Mother Earth moving into you. Your body becomes an extension of that tree, as if you are another root in the tree's system. Feel the energy rising from Mother Earth into your body and send it back to the tree. You are both giving and receiving each other's love. This is a beautiful grounding practice to try under the The Full Moon in earthy Capricorn!
Supta Baddha Konasana
This is another restoring pose that opens the hips and calms the nervous system. You may want to put blankets under your knees for more support or even use pillows and blocks so you are reclining and not completely on the ground. Again, listen to your body and do what feels good. (Click the images to enlarge them).
In this pose you can visualize your are floating in the ocean, your body supported by the gentle waves, as the Sun is setting and the Full Moon is rising. Her reflection in the water shimmers and charges the water with moondust. The moondust washes over you with each breath and each ebb and flow of the soothing, rhythmic waves. You become lighter and lighter, feeling as those you are floating to the moon, letting any tensions, doubts, or worries, sink down onto the ocean floor.