Lessons from the moon

A new moon signifies the start of a new lunar cycle, and can be a powerful reminder of our own cyclical nature. As human beings we are part of the natural world, but our daily lives can be governed by rhythms that leave little or no space for reflection, release or nourishment. As we get swept up in our busy-ness, we can become so disconnected from ourselves, that we forget we have the choice to retreat. The moon reminds us that there are times when it serves us to be less visible, so that we can reconnect and restore some balance in our lives.

In the upcoming evening course, entitled Moon Mantra & Meditation, we will be linking with the moon and following it through its phases – the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon, and the last quarter.

During these Friday evening sessions you will learn an invocation to the moon, called Candra-namaskrtya-mantrah. In this Vedic chant, from the Taittiriya samhita, the moon is honoured as the king of all medicinal herbs. Through chanting, visualisation and meditation, you will explore your own capacity for healing and reflection.

We will begin by clearing space for the process we are about to undertake, after which you will be invited to create your own individual intention, or samkalpa, for the month ahead.

After helping you to determine your samkalpa in week one, I will use the three aspects of kriya yoga – tapas, svadhyaya and isvarapranidhana – to guide you through the rest of this course.

Tapas means discipline, and positive action. In session two, we will link with the waxing moon, as we establish a simple daily ritual which will create continuity between the classes.

Svadhyaya is the process of self-reflection – seeing the impact of your tapas. In session three, we will invite the full moon to support you in your capacity to see yourself clearly.

Isvarapranidhana means letting go. In our last session, as the moon begins to wane, we will practice an openhanded attitude of acceptance. Surrendering our efforts, we trust that our positive actions and intentions will send ripples of well-being into the next phase of our lives.

I hope you will join me for this course. I look forward to sharing these practices with you!

Namaste.
Lynda x

Please note: Due to the progressive nature of this course, there will be no drop-ins. Please join us for the whole course!

Dates: Friday evenings, November 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: freed om yoga, 180 Melbourne Road, Island Bay, Wellington
Cost: $80 for all four sessions.
Bookings: please visit Ezybook

(*Full moon image by Getty Images)

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