5 Yoga Poses to Harness the Full Moon’s Feminine Energy

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If you know anything about me, you know about my borderline obsession with the moon.

Recently I heard about the importance of aligning our feminine cycle with the lunar cycle. If we think about it, both are one month long and travel 4 different phases- it makes perfect sense. As I try to get my life on some sort of schedule approaching my 4th month of motherhood, I decided to share a few of my favorite ways to honor the lunar cycle (with the help of Miss Avery Rion).  Incorporate these yoga postures into your full moon ritual-and if you don’t have a ritual, here is a great place to start!

1. Low Lunge Crescent Variation –   Anjaneyasana  

Tips for this pose:

  • Stack your front knee directly above your ankle
  • Tuck your tailbone and be careful not to over-arch your lower back
  • Drop your shoulders away from your ears
  • Lift your gaze and your chest for an extra heart-opening affect

Why this pose?

Low lunge stretches the groin and activates your Sacral Chakra (second chakra), located in your pelvic area. Naturally, this chakra is associated with the sex organs as well as creativity, and passion. The Sacral Chakra allows you to let go and accept transformation and is also associated with the Moon and all of her feminine glory.

2.  Warrior II – Virabhadransana II

Tips for this pose:

  • Bring front knee bend to a 90° angle
  • Keep your hips facing forward, while your gaze turns to follow your front hand
  • Drop your shoulders and lengthen your neck
  • Tuck your tailbone, careful not to over-arch your lower back
  • Sit deeper into the lunge for a greater stretch

Why this pose?

Again, the lunging of this pose opens your feminine Sacral Chakra. The lifted chest and open arms activates the Heart Chakra, welcoming self love. As your healing center, activation of your Heart Chakra is important during a full moon to release what no longer serves you and make room for what the Universe is offering.

3. Bent Knee Triangle Pose – Trikonasana

Tips for this pose:

  • Keep the front leg knee at a right-angle
  • Release your shoulders from your ears and extend through your fingertips
  • Lift your gaze toward the sky

Why this pose?

Triangle pose is wonderful for the first 3 chakras: Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus. By taking this pose in a bent knee variation, we are deepening our pelvic stretch and focusing on the Sacral Chakra once again.

4. Garland Pose – Malasana 

Tips for this pose:

  • Keep heels on the floor, or support them with a folded mat
  • Place your hands in Prayer Pose at your heart
  • Resist the insides of the knees to your elbows
  • Drop the shoulders from the ears and tuck your tailbone
  • Imagine a straight line from your tailbone, to your head, and extending upwards, lifting the crown of your head

Why this pose?

Garland Pose is a beautiful hip opening stretch, which by now we know awakens our Sacral Chakra. Hands placed in Anjali Mudra (Prayer Pose) at our Heart Center signifies gratitude and unification. By drawing our hands together at our center, we are signifying respect for ourself as well as for other.

5. Pigeon Pose – Kapotasana

Tips for this pose:

  • Try to keep your front leg as parallel to the front of the mat as possible -the more parallel the more intense the stretch
  • Keep your front foot flexed to protect your knee (if you feel intense sensation in your knee, slowly release from the pose)
  • Drape your torso over your front shin and reach arms forward
  • Place a folded blanket under the hip of your front leg if your hips are too tight

Why this pose?

This modified pose is another hip opener to activate the second chakra. While the backbend variation of this pose opens our heart, this approach is more restorative and an important step to master before trying any other modifications of the pose.

BONUS! Mountain Pose – Tadasana

Tips for this pose:

  • Lift your big toes to ensure your weight is being pressed through the balls and outside of the feet
  • Drop your shoulders from the ears, slightly pulling the shoulder blades towards each other
  • Open your palms

This is one of my favorite poses, in all of its simplicity. Tadasana is a grounding pose that gives us a moment of reflection and gratitude. By opening the palms, we are receiving all that is offered to us. Ideal for a Full Moon to release what no longer serves us, and open up to the Universe.
In addition to these yoga postures, here are a few more practices to add to your Full Moon Ritual and harness the divine power of it’s cycles:

  1. Meditate – Release negativity and open your heart to the new offerings. Utilize this clear mind to journal your intentions.  Write down what is no serving you and light the paper on fire to burn under the Full Moon.
  2. Smudge sage -Burning, or smudging, sage bundles or leaves help energetically cleanse your space – ideal for releasing negative energies and opening to what the Full Moon offers
  3. Cleanse crystals – leave your healing crystals under a Full Moon when they need cleansing. And if you are looking to add to your collection, these Chakra Crystal Sets are for sale and include cleansing Palo Santo.
  4. Detox bath– take a detoxifying bath by adding Epsom Salts, Himalayan Pink Salt, baking soda, and lavender buds to a warm bath.

I release the negativity that no longer serves me, and open up to receive positive influences from the Moon 

Namaste.

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Why I’m going to start tracking my cycle..

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I’ve been struggling with my diet for about 4 years now. It’s travelled from anti-inflammatory, to vegetarian, to vegan, to “I give up” quite a few times, and it all started with a diagnosis. 
I experienced two extremely painful ovarian cysts rupture when I was 22. The first doctor I saw misdiagnosed me (which very much contributes to my distrust in the medical system 🙃) and the second finally found a diagnosis after much lab work, ultrasounds, hormone therapy, and surgery. 

Endometriosis. 

What is it? I’m not even entirely sure. How do you fix it? “Impossible,” according to the doctors I saw. 

I was extremely disheartened. Not only because I didn’t have answers, but because I was told of the possibility of infertility and cancer. These vague “answers” left me in a whirlwind of emotions (not to mention the side effects of The Pill). I was not ready to start a family, but I knew that I wanted to be a mother. And not only be a mother, but experience pregnancy and birth. It just felt like it was what I was put on this earth to do. 

So on went my hormone therapy for years while I made the decision to try to adjust my diet based on my own research. Admittedly, I gave up after nothing seemed to help and I never fully understood what I was up against. 

But pregnancy put me back on this path, and I don’t think I really realized it. Finding out I was pregnant, I quickly decided I would do everything in my power to make this birth special. I was given the opportunity to carry a child and I wasn’t going to take it for granted. I was going to really EXPERIENCE labor and birth by trusting that my body was perfectly designed for this. I was going to deny medical intervention and medication, and the injection of unnecessary(in my opinion) vaccines. 

And I did. I had my dream water birth. Out of a hospital, free of medication, anesthesia, surgery, etc. Just the pure strength of my physical body and my mind. MY ideal birth (not the birth for every woman). 

And here I am, 49 days postpartum, and one of the first things that has been brought up is birth control. Now in my mind, my reproductive body has just been detoxed. No artificial hormones for nearly a year, a healthy pregnancy, and a natural birth- why would I go right back to these terrible little pills that hate my skin and make me an emotional wreck for half of the month?! 

No thanks. 

So on my search for non-hormonal birth control I discovered the Fertility Awareness Method, and then coincidentally heard about cycle syncing. Both of these methods teach you to tune into your female body. They urge you to really understand what is going on in your cycle, not just the dreaded menstruation phase. 

Cycle syncing was introduced to me when I heard a mention of a book called Womancode on Instagram (and then heard about it again in a Podcast I follow-the Universe loves to give me signs). This book explains the different phases of our monthly cycles and how to tune into each phase for optimal living.  The author Alisa Vitter describes how our interests in physical and social activity vary with each cycle, AND what foods we need for optimal health each week.

 Absolutely GENIUS. 

COULD IT BE that there is more to my “unexplained” chocolate cravings and social isolation?! That I’m not just a loose cannon because I have ovaries, but I just don’t know how to listen to my body?!

Ah-hah!

It’s seriously like a light bulb just went off. I knew there was a way to adjust our diet to support our reproductive health, I was just looking in the wrong places. 

What inspires me about these methods is they empower you. They teach you how to live in sync with your cycle, not try to control it (which seems to result in self sabatoge by hormones). As women we are told to deal with the symptoms of our cycle without really ever understanding what they are. And the idea of a cycle?! I only knew about two phases of this cycle, and the only one I understood was menstruation. 

So now I eagerly continue my health journey, wishing girls everywhere knew there was more to being female than cramps, tampons, and unexplained emotions. I’m off to the book store.. (just kidding I have a newborn. Thanks Amazon Prime.)