There are a few schools of thought on whether or not to practice yoga during the full moon and what kind of yoga to practice during different phases of the moon. So, in honor of tonight’s Supermoon, the largest of the year, I thought I’d provide some insight.
We know that the sea level of earth’s oceans rise and fall twice a day — high & low tide — due to the gravitational forces exerted by the sun and the moon. The full moon occurs when it is directly opposite the sun, with the earth in between. During a full moon, tides are high. During a Supermoon in which the moon is at it’s perigee (closest to the earth), tides will be exceptionally high — including the tides within ourselves.
We are the Tide
The human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water. So, as water makes up such a large portion of our being, it’s no surprise we’re affected by the moon’s gravitational pull as forces of nature. Legends have existed for centuries about the moon’s effect on human behavior in stories of werewolves and ‘luna’ tics, but if you observe the synergy between the lunar cycle of the moon to the cycle of breath, you’ll better understand the universal symbiosis as something that can be harnessed, and not as something that “happens to us”.
The full, bright moon beams with energy and life, just as your fullest inhalation. Alive with prana, you are in sync. And just as the beginning of an exhale brings release and purification, so does the waning moon. Continue reading