With the time change come longer nights and a stronger moon energy. This time of year is a time for accepting the impermanence of things and making room for change.
Hatha yoga translates to ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon, similar to the balance of yin and yang. While the spring and summer, relating to yang, are about actively building heat, fall and winter relate to yin, the cooler, calmer side of you.
The ancient yogis discovered that prana or life force energy, could be subdivided into energetic components also called vayus (winds). Similar to the concept of gravity, the condensing, downward force that is associated with the moon is called apana. When we pause at the end of an exhale you feel calm and grounded through this apana energy.
From earth, it’s difficult to perceive the moon as one solid spherical mass, but instead, you think of the moon as an ever-changing shape: full circle, crescent, and half moon. The shape that represents your second chakra is a circle with a crescent inside, this embodies the moon’s changing cycles.
Your mind can be influenced when the moon waxes or wanes. These changes can be seen in the ocean as the moon’s forces change the tides. Since your body is made up of water, you can assume the moon’s forces are also pulling on you.
Second chakra or svadhisthana, is characterized by movement and flow in your emotions and thoughts, as it is also associated with the water element. The energy of the second chakra allows you to let go and move forward. You can find a balance in these thoughts and emotions by listening to your body. This is your opportunity to deepen your mind-body connection by spending time meditating and setting new goals.
When svadhisthana is balanced, the relationship with the world and the people around you becomes harmonious. When svadhisthana is unbalanced we become distant and overindulgent.
Welcome the moon energy by slowly flowing with your breath through these Moon Salutation. Try incorporating orange lights into your practice to awaken the second chakra. You can also practice Moon Salutation near a body of water to embody the moon’s forces.
Sanskrit: Chandra Namaskar
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