The influence of the moon on our yoga practice, myth or reality?

Pleine Lune

Written by Mylene Cayer

Entrepreneure nomade. Yogini. Hypersensible et perfectionniste.

October 28, 2023

On this full moon day, the desire to share some theories on the lunar cycle and its effects on our body and our emotions is great. In the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, the daily practice of postures (asanas) follows the rhythm of the lunar cycle. I will explain to you why these ideas are put forward.

What scientists say

As we know, the moon influences the tides on our planet. The moon, sun and Earth are connected by a gravitational force, which acts as a driving force on the surface waters on Earth. The phases of the moon represent the different relative positions of these three stars. Depending on the location and rotation of the moon in relation to the sun and the Earth, different types of tides are observed. However, according to many beliefs, it seems that the moon also has an influence on our body and our emotions. Although most scientific research on the subject indicates that there is little real effect of the moon on humans and this impression is actually based on combination, a strong tradition and powerful cognitive biases, it is true that believing in it can bring us great comfort and give us reassuring explanations about our monthly storms.

The full moon influences the practice of yoga

Although scientists claim that the moon has minimal effect on our bodies, one thing is certain, the moon influences the practice of yoga all over the world. Here is what adherents of this belief say.

S’harmoniser avec la pleine lune

The practice of yoga is a way of harmonizing with the nature that surrounds us. Ashtanga is a style of yoga that is practiced daily. However, on new moon and full moon days, practitioners of this tradition rest to allow harmonization between the mental and physical. The Ashtanga Yoga method is therefore a true experience of connection with one’s environment and concordance with one’s environment. In Ashtanga Yoga, you must follow a 29-day lunar cycle and rely on the synchronization of breathing movements and postures to achieve inner peace. It is truly a meditation in movement. This practice can help reduce stress and anxiety in our daily lives, allowing us to focus on the present moment and find deep inner peace.

By tuning in to the phases of the moon, it is possible to improve the balance between our body and our emotions, which has a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Indeed, yoga is a holistic approach that offers holistic self-care, working on breathing, concentration and meditation.

Breathe better

By adapting your yoga practice with the cycle of the moon, we can better understand the energetic variations of our being. It should be understood that the full moon corresponds to the end of inspiration and offers intense energy, but can also cause a loss of anchoring and emotional imbalance. Imagine a balloon filled with helium. We fill up with fresh air which gives us a feeling of strength and confidence. We feel more energetic and creative. This new energy makes us want to embark on all kinds of projects, often ones more eccentric than the others. Indeed, during the full moon, our body may be more sensitive and our mind more agitated.

On the other hand, the new moon is associated with the end of exhalation and provides a calmer and gentler energy on the body, while promoting reflection and self-awareness. This is the ideal opportunity to pamper yourself, question yourself and take care of yourself. We need more rest and relaxation to regenerate. This day is a good time for a yin yoga practice. It is also a time when our ideas will be clearer.

It is therefore possible to adjust your yoga practice according to these two phases of the moon in order to make the most of the energetic benefits. Adapting your yoga practice with the moon cycle offers a multitude of benefits. First, it allows us to better understand the energies around us and use them to our advantage to manage the fluctuations in our body and mind. By understanding these periods, we can adapt our yoga practice accordingly to make the most of each lunar phase. In addition, this technique allows us to connect with nature and find inner peace, thus significantly improving our quality of life.

The simple fact of remaining attentive to the different transitions of the moon, listening to our feelings or following our feminine cycle can help us in our daily decisions. It can reduce our stress and anxiety, improve our quality of sleep, and increase our energy and vitality.

In short, followers of this belief, believe that by practicing yoga in harmony with the lunar cycle, we can achieve a higher level of physical and mental well-being, while developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and our environment.

No matter your belief

The belief in the influence of the moon on yoga practice is a subject of debate. Some people believe that lunar phases, such as the full moon, can impact energy and state of mind, which can potentially influence yoga practice. However, there is no solid scientific evidence to support these beliefs, and the practice of yoga is primarily based on principles of meditation, breathing, and movement.

If you feel that the full moon or other lunar phases have an effect on your yoga practice, your body and your emotions, this may be a personal matter related to your sensitivity.. Deep down, our beliefs comfort us and guide us to help us feel better everyday. The important thing is that your yoga practice helps you reduce your stress and improve your well-being, and this is scientifically proven!

And you, what do you think ? Does the moon influence your yoga practice?

Explain its effects to us in the comments.

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