YogaBellies Lunar – The moon shining big and beautiful in the sky. Mysterious, dark, magical. Women – radiant; reflecting the moon’s stages of new, full, and old. The Maiden, Mother & The Crone. There was a time, before modern street lighting and our hectic, round-the-clock lifestyles when women were in touch with their bodies, and spirits, and their cycles were in sync with the moon.
During our period or ‘Moon Time’, it is important to take a step back from hustle and bustle, shorten the list of commitments for the week and take the time for introspection and nurturing. Because without this there is potential for imbalance in the body and mind; hormones and spirit.
When these imbalances occur, we experience PMS – yes, that is not a ‘normal’ part of the menstrual cycle but most of us experience it, cramps, mood swings, depression, and anxiety to name a few. In reality, it would be difficult for us to call up our bosses once a month and say ‘Got my period, need a few days off to take care of myself!
The rest of the world will keep on working and unfortunately, careers, financial responsibilities, and family commitments mean that we must continue, in order to keep the cogs turning!
However, that does not mean that we cannot take this time for introspection and nurturing – and it simply means we must find other creative ways to practice things that seek balance and harmony for the female body and spirit. And Yoga is one of the ways that we can find this balance and calm.
Why YogaBellies Lunar Flow Yoga?
Lunar Flow yoga works with the cycles of the moon, aiming to bring balance to the hormones and the female cycle – helping to alleviate depression, PMS, hot flushes, and so on.
Throughout most of the month, we focus on the effects that hormone fluctuations have on the body and mind. And we practice the Yin, cooling, and Moon Salutations as opposed to the Yang, fiery, and Sun Salutations that many yogis have incorporated into their daily practice.
YogaBellies Lunar provides Gentle Asana for Moon Time
For relieving lower back pain, and cramps – Firstly, gently massaging the abdominal area – and dispelling stress and anxiety, alternate between practicing cat pose and cow pose.
Secondly, Practice the Child’s pose – opening up the back body and allowing the body to rest and relax whilst we turn inward.
Thirdly, Bound Angle Pose – For opening up the hips, soothing cramps, and alleviating mood problems.
Bound Angle Pose – For opening up the hips, soothing cramps, and alleviating mood problems.
YogaBellies Lunar – A short meditation for practicing at the beginning of your yoga practice.
- Breathing in, I see the moon, shining bright and radiant, in my mind
- Breathing out, I am safe, surrounded by its gentle light
- Breathing in, I feel the moon’s positive energies
- Breathing out, I allow these to heal me
- Breathing in, I am aware of my emotions
- Breathing out, I nurture and care for emotions without judgment
- Breathing in, I feel strong and grounded
- Breathing out, I feel love for myself
- Breathing in, I am relaxed
- Breathing out, I am at peace
This has been a very quick look at Lunar Flow, its practices, and its benefits – I’d recommend attending one of our YogaBellies Lunar Flow classes for maximum benefit.
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I’m an inclusive, not scary, totally normal yet heavily qualified yoga instructor and founder of YogaBellies® and the Birth ROCKS Method. I’m trained in self hypnosis and meditation and what I love is helping women (ALL women) enjoy yoga without having to whisper all the time and wear fancy activewear that cost a month’s rent.
I believe Yoga is for everyone.
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