A gentle but earthy and grounded class to release stress and tension, leaving us feeling energised but at the same time relaxed and peaceful. The Sun (Ha) is in Virgo, ruling the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. So, this is focusing on the way stress affects us in our body, the fight or flight response and how our breathing can help this. Also, how holding onto issues can be detrimental, we need to learn to let go. The Moon (Tha) is first in Aries, ruling the mind and muscles. When we are relaxed in our mind we are relaxed in our body and vice versa. The Moon then moves into Taurus ruling the neck that carries important information, finishing in Gemini, ruling the central nervous system and the nerves.
A gentle, relaxing class to heal, soothe, ground and balance, so releasing stress and tension, to leave us feeling energised. The Sun (Ha) is now in watery Cancer, ruling the feminine, watery, nurturing areas of the breasts, breastbone and the digestive system, the stomach and the womb. The Moon (Tha) starts off in Aries which rules the head, the brain, the eyes and the muscles. If the mind is tense, so are our muscles and vice versa. Then into Taurus, ruling the neck, throat, tongue, lower jaw, chin, the tonsils, vocal cords, larynx, the ears and the thyroid, and finally into Gemini, ruling the shoulders, arms, hands, lungs, central nervous system and the nerves.
We can release all that no longer works for us, by the stretching, strengthening and grounding of our practice. The Sun (Ha) is in earthy Taurus, which rules the neck, the junction between the head and the body, carrying so much vital information in the jugular, the trachea and the central nervous system. Problems with the neck indicate being too much in your head or too much in the body, and we need to find the balance here. Taurus is about being grounded and so feeling safe and secure as a result. The Moon finishes by being in Taurus ready for the Taurus new moon and new beginnings.
The Sun (Ha) is in fiery Aries. Aries rules the head, the brain, the eyes and the muscles. Yoga is good for all the muscles, but you can focus on specific areas of need too. The Moon (Tha) starts off just in Aquarius, so focusing on the circulatory system, before moving into Pisces. Pisces rules the feet and the immune system. We can feel quite ungrounded at this time, so it's important to focus on the feet. Next, the Moon moves into Aries, to prepare for the Aries new moon, ruling the head, brain, eyes, muscles again, feeling this all doubly, emotionally too, and so the mind. The Moon then finishes by being in Taurus briefly, ruling the neck and throat particularly. We can release all that no longer works for us, by the stretching, strengthening and grounding of our practice.
With the Sun (Ha) in Pisces and then the Moon (Tha) in Pisces for the new moon, the emphasis is very much on our health, strengthening the immune system. So, we work on the poses releasing negative energy and bringing in positive. The Moon starts in Aquarius, so we do some stretching to release and strengthen the ankles and breath work for the circulation. The Moon then moves into Pisces for the new moon. We need to ground especially at this time and be aware of the feet. Then, the moon finishes in Aries, starting the zodiac cycle again in the head, brain, eyes and muscles, relating to the mind.
The Sun (Ha) is in airy Aquarius. Aquarius rules the lower leg: the shin, where the bone, representing our deep, core spiritual beliefs, is close to the surface and can feel so vulnerable as we step forward, pushing our beliefs out there. Aquarius also rules the circulatory system that pumps blood from the heart (ruled by Leo, Aquarius's opposite sign) around the body, metaphorically spreading love around the world. The Moon (Tha) starts off also in Aquarius, to prepare for the Aquarius new moon, doubly the effects of Aquarius. The Moon then moves into Pisces, ruling the feet. We can feel quite ungrounded, so it's important to keep our feet firmly on the ground, still allowing ourselves to dream but in grounded reality, to make it happen. Lastly, the Moon moves into Aries, ruling the mind, which resides in our whole body, corresponding to our muscles. When we are relaxed in our mind we are relaxed in our body and vice versa.
The Sun (Ha) is in Capricorn, an earth sign, ruled by Saturn, corresponding to our deep core spiritual beliefs that hold us up. Capricorn also rules the joints, which is about our flexibility, particularly emotionally. We start with the Moon (Tha) in Aquarius, which rules our circulatory system, how we spread the love. Working next with the Moon in Pisces, which rules the feet and the immune system. Staying grounded is so important at this time and keeping our immune system healthy too. Lastly, the moon moves into Aries where we start at the beginning again, working with the head, the mind and muscles, working together to help mind, body and spirit reintegrate.
A full session starting with lying down and connecting with the breath, easing into floor asanas, a grounded sun salutation, pranayama and asanas to extend, balance, twist, side bend and inversion. Finishing with a relaxing, elemental meditation and visualisation. Working with the Sun (Ha) in Sagittarius, a fire sign that now gives us the energy to travel and move forwards after the introspection of Scorpio, whether that be inwardly and spiritually or outwardly physically. Sagittarius rules the hips, which decide our direction, the thighs that give us the power to move, the femur which is the structure that holds us together to move, the pelvis and sacral region where we store a lot of energy or trauma that is released when we open the hips and, finally, the liver, reached through the inner thigh from where we release toxins. The Moon (Tha) is first of all in Aries, working with the head, brain, eyes and muscles. Interestingly, in the mind, body, spirit connection, the muscles correspond to the mind, meaning it is all over the body. If you relax your mind, it relaxes your muscles and vice versa. The Moon then goes into Taurus when we work with the areas Taurus rules - the neck that carries so much vital information, the throat, the lower jaw, the chin, the tongue, the tonsils, the larynx and vocal cords and the thyroid gland. Lastly, the Moon moves into Gemini to prepare for the full moon on Monday. Gemini rules the shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, the central nervous system, the nerves and the lungs, from where we let go. We work here to release tension as we shoulder our responsibilities, staying grounded and so finding ways to combat fatigue as things build emotionally.
A full session starting with a relaxing connection to the breath and the body. Working with asanas for the Sun (Ha) in Libra, finding our inner equilibrium to prepare to go inwards for the winter, balancing energy in the adrenal glands and kidneys, releasing stress and fear and strengthening the lower back to feal safe and secure. The Moon is building to be full in Aries, so we combat fatigue that can come with this, working with the head, brain, eyes and muscles, which correspond to the mind in the mind, body, spirit connection. The Moon then moves into Taurus, so we release tension from the neck and throat, plus the lower jaw, chin, larynx/vocal cords and stimulate the metabolism via the thyroid gland. We do the Nadi Shodana (alternate nostril) pranayama to find inner balance and peace and finish with a healing meditation and visualisation.
A very chilled full session working with the Sun (Ha) in Virgo, so de-stressing via the sympathetic nervous system and working with the large intestines to let go of all that isn't working for us and to de-stress further in the small intestines. Working with the Moon (Tha) in Pisces, which rules the feet and then moving into Aries which rules the head, clearing from feet to head via the Chakra system. Incorporating the Nadi Shodana pranayama breathing exercise and finishing with a relaxing meditation and visualisation.
Recorded on the Aquarius full moon but going out for the Sun (Ha) in Leo and the Moon (Tha) in Pisces/Aries. In unsettled times, a whole practice that includes Yoga Nidra can really help to re-calibrate, to tune into ourselves to find out which direction is the right one for us. Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit and so Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, helps us to connect with our spirit and reprogram the subconscious mind.
A gentle 90-minute session. Revisiting the Sun (Ha) in Taurus, so working with the neck and throat, and the Moon (Tha) in Aries, so working with the head, brain, eyes and muscles. In addition, my favourite poses for my birthday. Including a gentle warm-up, grounded sun salutation, pranayama and finishes with a relaxing meditation and visualisation.
A gentle 90-minute session working with some focus on the neck and the muscles, incorporating pranayama breathing exercises and a relaxation/visualisation to close.