Full moons are always a bitter sweet experience because they always bring some sort of challenge. But without a little reality check, we cannot grow and progress. This weekend’s full moon is in the sign of Leo, the king of the jungle, the fire starter.
It brings a strong energy to focus on healing & opening your heart to beautiful new beginnings. Here's a breakdown on what areas to focus on and some asanas to explore to empower you through this powerful time.
TEAR YOUR WALLS DOWN
Leo is one of the most loyal signs of the zodiac, the one who gives so much, yet is too proud to be open to receive. A leo will never admit to needing help, let alone if they are going through a rough time. It's not intentional, it's just part of being a Leo. Check in with yourself and see what barriers & walls you’ve built over the last 6months or so & see if you can slowly bring them down. Being open and vulnerable is powerful and courageous.
Asanas to practice for this: Heart opening asanas empower us to be open and truthful about our feelings. They also correct posture, and this can increase confidence levels. Examples : purvottanasana (upward facing plank) chakrasana (wheel pose), setu bandha konasana (bridge pose), ustrasana (camel pose), , bhujangasana (cobra)
THOUGHTFUL ACTION, NOT IMPULSIVE REACTION
The roaring lion is full of fire, ready to throw sparks at every opportunity in order to defend itself & its prides. Take a step back and see how you can tame the fire within by understanding what triggers you & why. How can you become more observant & less reactive? Assess what's really going on inside and remind yourself that nothing can truly affect you, unless you allow it to.
Asanas to practice: Poses which take you inward and give you time to reflect on what's really going on inside. Examples are: balasana (child's pose), paschimottanasana (standing forward fold), halasana (plow pose), uttana shishosana (extended puppy pose)
ALIGN WITH YOUR TRIBE
A leo’s love is easy to get but once you’ve broken the trust, the leo will be gone forever. Do a reality check on the people you surround yourself with and see how your relationships have evolved. Maybe it’s time to cut ties with some souls that you are no longer mutually suited to walk the path of life together. Whilst with others, it might be time to strengthen the bond & show your gratitude.
EMBRACE YOUR INNER STRENGTH
The leo is graceful & strong, licking its own wounds and moving on with more power, never revealing its weakness. If you are mending a broken heart or are going through suffering, it’s time to change your perspective & tap into your inner power. Embrace the strength you hold within, heal & nurture your soul. Another important aspect is to see what is the relationship you have with yourself? It’s time to observe, accept & love all parts of you with no judgement & more compassion. Be gentle with yourself, you are evolving through your experiences & learning from your mistakes.
Asanas to practice: Poses which focus on Manipura chakra, the energy centre of self-confidence and inner strength. Examples are: bakasana (crow pose), tittibhasana (firefly pose), navasana (boat pose), kumbhakasana (plank pose)
SERVE YOUR SOUL'S MISSION
Finally, it’s time to get real with where you’re at on your journey and see if you are manifesting your authentic purpose. Are you doing what you love; are your actions aligned with your highest self? How are you here to serve that is unique to your soul’s mission? Perhaps it’s time to make some bold, exciting & truthful changes.
Asanas to practice: Inversions teach us to change our perspective and to be present in the moment. Sirsasana (headstand) is the only asana which activates Sahasrara (the crown chakra) and this is the gateway to realising that we are one with all there is. Padmasana or any meditative pose take us inwards, to find stillness and listen to the silence within. It is here all the answers are. You can use mudras such as chin mudra, or hakini mudra to go deeper in your meditation.
Affirmation to practice during this full moon:
I am a beautiful, unique and vibrant soul and my contribution to the world is needed.
As we get ready to wrap up yet another year, it’s that time when we start to reflect upon all the happenings we encountered during these 365 days. Reflection is an important component of every year, as we can bring to our awareness the mistakes we’ve made, the decisions we took and the lessons we’ve learned. All these aspects lead us to discover where we have been, where we are now and where we are going. Every year teaches us something.
As I look back to this 2019 year, attempting for my reflection with my journal in front of me and holding a pen, I find myself struggling to write. The truth is, this year has been very slow and quite honestly slightly confusing. It feels as though it’s been an uneventful year, yet so much has happened. And just like with all years, there are some important lessons 2019 brought in, so what are these?
The year of the number 3
From a numerology point of view, 2019 is a year 3. This number relates to emotions and breakthroughs. Sometimes, a slow pace allows us to discover and decipher every emotion we keep locked safe within our heart space. Whatever the reason for this, this year is here to help us release these. In order to feel emotionally free, we must let go of any blocked energies from our heart, so that we can feel open to love and to feel of course. During your reflection stage for this year, consider any emotional patterns you broke free from. What are some ways in which you released emotions and how do you feel? What were some feelings that you kept coming back to and what have you done to free yourself from these?
When we walk the journey of life, sometimes we feel a strong guidance from within knowing where our steps lead to. 2019 took us on different side streets and narrow alleyways to teach us to travel on those paths we have ignored and avoided previously. This can bring a sense of confusion and feeling lost, but as the famous saying goes “Not all who wonder are lost”. During these wondering and unexpected adventures, we might loose our sense of stability and grounding. The foundations we set for the next destination, might no longer seem so clear and somehow, through traveling into the unknown we eventually find our way back home. Detours are sometimes necessary in order to find our courage to continue to explore that urge from within, to know that no matter how lost we might feel, we will eventually come back on the right track. What are some detours this year led you to take? How have these helped you find your way back home, back on your life path?
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