Heart Chakra–Opening Yoga Sequence for Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse - Yoga Journal

Blood Moon–Inspired Heart Chakra–Opening Yoga Sequence

Use these heart-opening poses to synchonize your yoga practice with the energy of the special pink full moon and lunar eclipse.
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Use these heart-opening poses to synchonize your yoga practice with the energy of the special pink full moon and lunar eclipse.

We are nothing if not elements, and it is simply science that elements are affected by the gravitational force of the moon and its phases. Any major lunar event, such as a full moon, new moon, eclipse, or solar flare can cause physiological reactions. When you begin to chart the lunar cycles and pay close attention to how these cycles affect your subtle body, you will have yet another addition to your mindful tool chest—another way to foster ultimate connection to yourself.

Special Full Moon + Total Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, April 4, 2015, brings a special full moon. This is one of four total lunar eclipses in a row, also known as a tetrad. This happens when the Earth, Sun, and Moon are essentially in one linear plane and the reflection of the light of the moon is eclipsed, or blocked. This full moon is also in the astrological sign of Libra. When the moon is in Libra, we tend to feel the desire for harmony and relationships with others improve. This moon is also a blood moon—meaning it will appearing reddish pink in the sky—making it a great opportunity to focus on the fourth (heart) chakra.


Heart Chakra Sequence for the Blood Moon

Physically, the heart (anahata) chakra governs the heart, lungs, blood, and circulation. And beyond the physical, the heart chakra is associated with love, kindness, and affection. When it is open, you are compassionate and friendly, you work at harmonious relationships.

How to practice this sequence

Approach this sequence with a boundlessly open heart. Practice at dawn, when the blood moon is still visible, and visualize a sort of metaphysical bloodletting. As you breathe, as you move, as you sweat, get rid of all you are carrying that is not serving you now in this moment and from your past.

WARM UP Practice at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B before beginning this sequence.

REPEAT Practice the sequence on one side, then the other, balancing the body with a vinyasa, Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) or Child's Pose (Balasana) in between. Move from the space of an open heart rather than a bendy back and always prop and make modifications where necessary.

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