Monday, March the 9th, we will be experiencing a full moon in the constellation Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, ruled by the planet Mercury. It’s quite fitting that this also marks the end of Mercury’s retrograde- which we can all agree, kinda sucks. As Mercury corrects it’s course within our solar system, we receive some clarity. Embrace this return to order by seeing the obstacles of the retrograde in a new light. Accepting imperfection, analyze your reactions and reflect on what can be taken away from the experience. Things will not always go exactly our way or meet our expectations and sometimes this is for the better. Much like everyday life, we always have our own choice in which aspects we’d like to focus. Astrology can be another system for deeper understanding and healing ourselves depending on how we choose to look at things. With the Sun and Neptune in the constellation Pisces, they are opposite(180°) our moon in Virgo. We can see this opposition as disharmonious or, we can transmute these energies for a positive outcome. Empower yourself by placing trust in life, your intuition and your abilities. Our moon makes harmonious alignment with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all under Capricorn. With so many planets under earth signs, I’m calling for some grounding. Get outside, feel the Earth under your feet and connect with nature. Did I mention it’s a super moon? This means that our moon is within 90% of the closest it comes to Earth. You don't wanna miss it!
Go out under this full moon(day or night), seated or lying on the Earth, bring your awareness to your breath. Take a few deep belly inhales focused on following the air up the chest, before exhaling fully. Notice what being outside looks, sounds, and smells like. Think about how it makes you feel, both physically and spiritually. Meditate on your connection with nature. Stay here for as long as you like.
Consider using rudra mudra by bringing the tips of your ring and pointer fingers down to rest on the thumb tip. This mudra clears the mind, improves digestion, eases tension and energizes the body.
After, take some time to think(or write) about whatever came up during this meditation.
Next, warm up the back with some chakravakasana(cat cows) for a few minutes. Find your own rhythm with the asana and your breath.
(Anahatasana)Keeping the hips squared directly above the knees, walk your arms out far and wide with your weight in your fingertips. Leading down with the chest, drape your upper body over the mat or bolster. Breathe deeply here for a few minutes.
Bring the buttocks down to the mat and legs straight in front of you, fold yourself over your legs or a bolster.
Lay down on your back or a bolster, bringing the knees up and feet flat to the mat in front of your buttocks.
Lastly, relax yourself completely in savasana. Focused only on your breath, surrender to the powers that be for a few minutes or long as you’d like.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I utilized bolsters in these asanas. I did this because I figured yin fit in perfectly with the vibe of this moon and aspects. If you’re not up to stretching alone, Transcend offers two yin classes on Monday(1pm &7:30pm), so you can get your yoga in with a certified instructor. However you choose to celebrate this lunar event, be blessed!