Friday, September 25, 2015

Full Moon

Theme: experience your fullness
Antidote: Super Blood Moon eclipse on night of September 27 2015 +
Story of Ganesha breaking the moon into 16 pieces (phases we experience of the moon) with his tusk
Heart quality: Joy
Universal principle of alignment focus: First Principle. In tantric belief they say the sun is in your solar plexus and the moon is in your feet and crown of head. We will use our foundation (feet) pressing down lift our crown up toward the sky lengthening our sides bodies and performing inner body bright. These three actions (foundation, side bodies long and inner body bright) make up first principle, Open to Grace. 

The moon phases remind us of the beauty and joy that come from revelation and concealment. If something we love, like a favorite food (from Ganesh's story) was alway available and eaten at every meal it would no long be a favorite and we would start to dislike it. Or if the moon was always full it wouldn't be as magical. Our body won't always be held in perfect alignment or feel super open but I when it is we can recognize the fullness and find the joy in it. We can also remind ourself of this when we are faced with moments of concealment, remembering something wonderful is yet to be revealed.  This is a lesson the moon constantly teaches me as it pulsates into and out of fullness. 

Moon details: It’s the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon, or full moon nearest the September equinox. It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s first full moon of spring. This Septembers full moon is also called a Blood Moon, because it presents the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart. This will be the first supermoon eclipse in 33 years and the next such event will be seen in 2033. The Earth's shadow will begin to dim the 'supermoon' at 8:11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27, which will also be a harvest moon, according to NASA. The total lunar eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT, giving the moon a reddish tinge, and will last an hour and 12 minutes.


•  5-7 min -  Centering seated. 5-7 min.

•   5 - 10 min - Dynamic Warm ups - movement with breath, no holds, not technical, large muscles
AMS - Tadasana 
Standing half moon side stretch 
Sun A 3x 
Moon Salutation 2x (Tadasana- uttanasana- Anjaneyasana - knees/chest/chin- AMS- Anjaneyasana- uttanasana- Tadasana) 

•   10 min - Poses that safely and effectively open hips and shoulders easier to perform, teach the actions
Lunge with side stretch- tree with side stretches 
L T arms twist- W2- reverse warrior 
L T arms twist- rev- hrl twist- low lunge quad stretch with twist

•  10 - min Climax - poses that require the most strength, stamina and flexibility.
Parsvakonasana - ardha chandrasana  chapasana 
Wild thing- falling Trikonasana 
Pincha manyurasana
Pec stretch at wall

•  5 - 10 min Apex Pose 
Camel block on chest to encourage side bodies long 2x 
Urdhva prep on bolster 2x 
Urdhva danurasana or bridge 

•  10 min -  Counter & Cooling and quieting poses 
Root femurs 
AMS head on bolster 
Baddha konasana twist- bow- supta on bolster 

•  7+ min Savasana

•  2- 5 min -  Meditation
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position. Slowly become aware of the space between your eyebrows. Within this space, visualize a full moon in a clear night sky, shining brightly on the waves of the ocean. The full reflection of the moon penetrates the deep waters, and the cool shade of moonlight catches the tops of the waves as they dance.
See the image clearly and develop an awareness of the feelings and sensations that are created in your mind and body. Slowly let the visualization fade and again become aware of the whole body.

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