Full Moon Yoga Routine

I have felt very off all day. It's just been one of those days. The type of day that starts with awakening too early from a dream you can't shake. The type of day were you just can't quite focus, where you would rather crawl back in bed, where your energies feel agitated and drained all at the same time. Yeah, that has been today. Something in me longs for some yoga. It isn't really my body - that wants to sleep. It isn't my mind - that is pretty much mush right now. It's my soul, my deep being, my subtle body calling me to listen to this off feeling and respond intentionally.

So I rolled out the mat, realizing as I did so that today is a full moon. A time of change, of fruition, of completion, of shifting energies and changing intentions. And so I did this little yoga routine and thought I'd share it with you as well in case this full moon finds any of you also feeling a little off and in need of some intentional introspection.

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. Thomas Merton

Warm up with a few sun salutations

Warrior II (on right side) Triangle pose (on right side)

What do you want to create?

Wide legged forward bend Goddess pose

What is complete for you right now?

Warrior II (on left side) Triangle pose (on left side)

What do you want to breath into existence?

Wide legged forward bend Goddess pose

Mountain Garland pose Mountain Dancer pose (both sides) Forward fold

What do you need to release and let go of?

Bound angle Bharadvaja's twist (both sides)

Change is a constant - what change do you need to accept and welcome in your life?

Bridge Shoulder stand Fish pose Reclining twist (both sides)

Corpse pose

One learns to accept the fact that no permanent return is possible to an old form of relationship; and, more deeply still, that there is no holding of a relationship to a single form. This is not tragedy but part of the ever-recurrent miracle of life and growth. All living relationships are in process of change, or expansion, and must perpetually be building themselves new forms... One must accept the security of the winged life, of ebb and flow, of intermittency. Intermittency - an impossible lesson for human beings to learn. How can one learn to live through the ebb-tides of one’s existence? How can one learn to take the trough of the wave? … Perhaps this is the most important thing for me to take back from beach-living: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid; each cycle of a relationship is valid. Gift from the Sea by Anne Lindbergh

 

Rejoicing in the journey, Bethany

 

YogaBethany Stedman