A gentle but strengthening and grounding class to heal and soothe, releasing stress but energetically giving a boost too. This is the last session of the year with the Sun (Ha) in Aries, ruling, among other things, the head and the muscles. As we’ve mentioned before, if the mind is tense, so are our muscles and vice versa. We may feel things more emotionally in certain areas when the Moon is in their sign, but these emotions can change just as the Moon changes sign every few days. This week the moon begins in Taurus, moving through Gemini and Cancer and finishing in Leo.
A gentle but strengthening and grounding class to heal and soothe, releasing stress and boosting the immune system. The last session with the Sun (Ha) in watery Pisces. Pisces rules the feet, and it is important to keep them firmly on the ground while still allowing ourselves to dream. The Sun then moves into Aries which rules the muscles. If the mind is tense, so are our muscles and vice versa.
The last session with the Sun (Ha) 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. The calf behind is made of soft tissue that represents our mind, which hopefully offers energy and support to our beliefs. Aquarius also rules the ankles, which we can easily turn when we are not feeling supported, either emotionally or in our outer world. The Sun then moves into Pisces, ruling the feet and the immune system. We can feel quite ungrounded at this time, so it is important to focus on the feet, keeping them firmly on the ground, while still allowing ourselves to dream in grounded reality, to make it happen.
The Sun (Ha) is now in airy Aquarius which rules the shin, where the bone, representing our deep, core spiritual beliefs, is close to the surface and can feel vulnerable as we put our beliefs out there. The calf behind is made of soft tissue that represents our mind, which hopefully offers energy and support to our beliefs. Aquarius also rules the circulatory system that pumps blood from the heart around the body, metaphorically spreading love around the world.
A full but gentle 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. The Sun (Ha) is now in Capricorn, an earth sign, ruled by Saturn. Saturn is about structure and Capricorn rules the bones, our skeletal frame that is our structure, corresponding to our deep core spiritual beliefs that hold us up. Capricorn also rules the joints, where the bones meet, especially the knees, which is about our flexibility, particularly emotionally. Capricorn's symbol is the goat, but with a fish's tail, so more sensitive than realised. All yoga is good for the bones and joints but we have our awareness being mindful of them particularly here. We start with the Moon (Tha) in Gemini, which rules the arms, shoulders, lungs, central nervous system and nerves. We then move to the Moon in Cancer, to prepare for the full moon, working with the stomach, digestive system and womb, to self-nurture. We do some work with the Moon in Leo, for the heart, upper back, spine and spleen. Finally come to the Moon in Virgo, working with the large and small intestines and the sympathetic nervous system. We always work with being grounded but particularly in this session.
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 of asanas, starting with a relaxation to bring focus on the breath and floor work. Focus for the Sun in Libra is on the lower back (lumbar region) where we may have issues due to insecurity. We work by strengthen the core muscles in the abdomen as when we're strong in our whole being. Also, Libra rules the adrenal glands, where adrenaline and the start of the stress response come from, and the kidneys, which respond to fear. Libra also encourages us to find our inner balance, as we enter the darkness of winter. Working with the Moon in Gemini we use the shoulders, arms and hands, releasing tension and using them to help in other ways, especially in the lungs to help us breathe fully. Also, grounding and releasing from the central nervous system and the nerves. For the Moon in Cancer, its home, we work with the feminine, nurturing, watery areas (whether we're male or female) of the breasts, the stomach, the womb (if we have one), the digestive system. Gemini works with the upper ribs and Cancer the lower ribs. Then, for the Moon in Leo, we work with the heart, the spine, the spleen and the upper back. We always practise some pranayama, a balance and take the spine in all its planes of direction and finish with a relaxing meditation and visualisation.
A full but gentle session working with the Sun (Ha) in Virgo - soothing the sympathetic nervous system, releasing from the large intestines, easing the small intestines and the lower digestive tract. The Moon (Tha) in Gemini works with releasing from the shoulders, strengthening the arms, mudras for the hands, centering and grounding the nerves and the central nervous system and clearing the lungs. Moon in Cancer works with the stomach, womb, breasts and ribs, allowing us to self-nurture. Moon in Leo strengthens the spine, heart and upper back. Including pranayama breathing exercises, balance and full but gentle postures and closing with a relaxing meditation and visualisation.
A full yoga session with a relaxation to start, bringing the focus on the breath, a gentle, grounded sun salutation and Nadi Shodana pranayama breathing exercise. Asanas and postures working with the Sun (Ha) in Leo, so releasing and correcting the spine, working with love in the heart, releasing from the upper back and strengthening the aorta and spleen. With the Moon (Tha) in Gemini we work with the arms and hands, with which we express, release tension in the shoulders, where we carry responsibility, and ground the nerves and soothe the central nervous system plus strengthening and letting go from the lungs. Also, with Cancer releasing worry from the stomach and work with the womb and digestive system, all the feminine, nurturing areas. Finishing with a relaxing meditation and visualisation.
A full session with a relaxing beginning, pranayama, asanas/postures and closing with a relaxing meditation and visualisation. Sun (Ha) in Cancer works with the stomach, digestive system, breasts, breastbone, womb and maybe pancreas. Moon (Tha) in Taurus works with the throat, neck, chin, lower jaw, larynx and vocal cords and the thyroid gland. Moon in Gemini works with the shoulders, arms, hands, nerves, central nervous system and the lungs.