You can think of the new moon as “day zero,” a dark phase in the lunar cycle where we can use our yoga practices to help us turn inward and plant the seeds of our intentions. This might involve asking ourselves challenging questions like:
- What do I need more of?
- What do I need less of?
- What is the best use of my energy?
- What do I want to create in my life?
It’s a time to quiet things down so you can listen to your own inner voice, wisdom, and set your intentions with mindfulness and integrity. During this phase of the moon cycle, the sun and moon align, as the sun and Earth are on opposite sides of the moon.
Your practice can help you harness the calming and empowering strength of this duality. “Chandra Namaskar, the Moon Salutation, has a harmonizing and balancing effect. It activates the cooling lunar, yin energy, that is responsible for regeneration and rejuvenation and also for turning the awareness inward,” says Serga Falck of 3xOM Yoga. “The best time to practice Chandra Namaskar is in the evening. This is the time where we need to calm down and turn away from our daily activities towards our calm inner world. This practice is also a good preparation for an evening meditation, to end your day and allow your your mind to clear and calm.”
Try one of these three practices to boost your intentions and harness the power of the moon.
Flow through a classic moon salutation
This video by 3xOM Yoga boasts beautiful natural scenery and guides you through the flow with ease.
Get grounded and release stress
Harness the intention-setting power of the new moon with this anchoring, stretchy slow flow practice by Yoga With Kassandra.
Power up your intentions with this guided meditation
Try this guided meditation by Moon Omens to welcome the new moon and clarify and set your intentions.
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