Last month, I wrote in a blog post a project I was working on: intention setting based on the lunar cycles and I offered free live classes on my Facebook page (the videos are saved if you want to view them). This lunar cycle, I’m not offering the live classes but will share details here.
The Worm Moon
This lunar cycle is the Worm Moon (March 13 through April 10). The name for this cycle comes from the fact that as we transition from winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere the ground begins to thaw and the earthworms begin to stir. Other names for this lunar cycle include the Crow Moon, the Crust Moon, and the Sap Moon.
In keeping with the deep stirrings of the worms in the soil, we will work on strengthening a sense of feeling grounded. This work is closely associated with the root chakra, the chakra associated with keeping us feeling safe and secure.
What strengthens each person’s roots is personal but we an all do similar work to achieve that end. We will coordinate our work with the phases of the moon.
The New Moon
The New Moon is March 13th. This is the time when the moon is at its darkest and most quiet; in keeping with that, this is an excellent time find some time for stillness and reflection before setting our intention. Suggested practices are as follows:
Asana: Spend five to 10 minutes in Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle) or Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) and five minutes Savasana (final relaxation)
Pranayama: While in Supta Baddha Konasana or Viparita Karani, perform five to 10 rounds of breath of Ujjayi Pranayama. Literally meaning victorious breath, this soft, whispering breath helps with feeling calm and focused. To do it, inhale and exhale through the nose while constricting the throat, almost like you are trying to fog a mirror. Control the breath with the diaphragm and keep the inhales and exhales equal in duration.
Meditation: After Savasana, come to a comfortable seat and spend at least five minutes in meditation. Settle in to the body and focus on the breath. Once the breath and the body become calm, shift your focus to the root chakra at the base of the spine. Gently ask yourself what makes you feel safe. Do not force an answer. Just see what comes.
As the moon gains strength and shifts from the new moon to the waxing moon, it is time to solidify and strengthen intentions. Meditate on how to bring more stability into your life. In your yoga practice, start the week with gentle poses and begin to add stronger poses as the week progresses.
I’ll check in again at the Waxing Quarter Moon on the 21st.