CONNECTING TO NATURE
Impact the Moon has on our planet is profound. Apart from tidal changes, playing a role in climate and seasons, seismic activity and agriculture, this large satellite makes the very existence of life on Earth possible. Being a part of nature, we also experience the Moon’s influence in multiple ways. Through intuition, observation, and experience our ancestors found out correlation between the lunar cycle and human biology and behavior. This knowledge used to be a powerful tool in daily life.
Throughout last centuries unfortunately this wisdom was forgotten. Industrialization drove people to big cities in herds, breaking a bond between them and Nature.
Ancient yogis were just as receptive to subtle fluctuation of the world around them. In ashtanga yoga tradition, our celestial neighbor plays a significant role. For example it’s recommended to abstain from active practice on the days of the full and new Moon.
Paying respect to the old tradition, I too consider Moon’s cycles in my classes. Thus the name of the style – Lunar flow.
Both men and women benefit from this approach to practice. Yet females tend to be more lunar sensitive. No wonder. The Moon is a manifestation of the divine feminine force in Nature. While the aim of hatha yoga is to balance lunar and solar energies within us, in the quest for physical fitness asana practice often emphasizes sun salutations and heating elements, stimulating our active, solar side. On a large scale society too encourages more masculine impulses, leaving our gentle lunar, feminine part subdued. Tuning to the Moon vibes we balance it all out.
Adapting yoga practice around the lunar cycle cultivates a greater degree of steadiness in your physical and mental energy levels as well as allows you to feel more connected to Nature. At the end of the day isn’t living in blissful harmony with the universe what yoga is all about?
It’s your choice to go with the stream or struggle against it.