New Moon, New Beginnings...
All over the world, across different cultures people have planned their lives according to the phases of the moon. The sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the Earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle.
The new moon is a powerful time for new beginnings,new romantic relationships, new job opportunities and new healthy habits. The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Take a moment to exhale completely, feeling your energy drain with the breath. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.
In the Ashtanga yoga tradition, practitioners are honoring the natural moon cycle by not practicing on the days of the full and new moon.
The new moon is a magical time for self-reflection, relaxation, and enlightenment. Before we begin, always make sure that you start your practice with an open mind and heart, honoring your body and breath. Move with the intent of nurturing your mind, body, and soul.
The sequence shown in the picture below, is designed as a peaceful and invigorating celebration for the new moon. It's called Chandra Namaskar or Moon Salutation, and can be practiced on the New Moon or Full Moon.
Before you start, you can sit on Easy Pose or Sukhasana and continue with some gentle breathwork. Close your eyes and breathe mindfully for two minutes. At this moment you can set an intention for your practice. This can be a single word, a mantra, or a perhaps sending the energy of your practice out to someone else. The purpose of this intention is to maintain focus throughout the flow, coming back to this intention as many times as needed during your practice.
Finish your gentle practice with Savasana or Corpse pose.