Yoga with the Moon

In this modern age we have cleverly devised a whole realm of entertainment and distractions that prevent us taking even a moment to look inside ourselves, or outside into nature. Where once we trusted in ourselves, we now trust in Google. We are glued to our technology; walking around with our eyes fixed on either our phones or our feet. We are driven to succeed at work, distracted by passing trends and all the time losing touch with even the simplest of things – the pleasure of a simple meal, a smile from a stranger, the sun on our skin. So while we rush onwards without noticing the changing of the seasons or the cycle of the moon, what are we rushing towards? If we cannot enjoy the present, why do we rush headlong into the future?

The physical practise of yoga was designed thousands of years ago as a means to allow ancient yogis to sit comfortably during their long meditations. In fact, the physical practise – asana – was just a small component of yoga! While the modern practise has moved in various directions, most of today’s incarnations still provide a means to delve into one’s self and increase awareness and intuition, an essential ingredient in the true practise of yoga (unity). Some forms of yoga are best suited to different moods, moon phases and seasons and the variation of your practise throughout the year can help you tune into ‘you’ and bring a little more unity and mindfulness to your life.

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Yoga with the Changing Seasons

Get in touch with nature to become more present

Many cultures recognise five key elements in their traditional spiritual practise. Each culture varies slightly but are remarkably similar. The Chinese list wood, fire, earth, metal/air and water as key energies that constantly change and evolve throughout the year and greatly influence their daily lives. Today, we artificially grow or import our food in all seasons, control our climate and remove ourselves from this natural process as much as possible, deepening our disconnect from the earth and ourselves.

These 5 elements correspond to 5 different seasons which each effects your mood, body and energy levels in different ways. During the course of each season, taking stock of how you’re feeling, the way your body is moving, the kinds of foods you crave (particularly the ones that energise you without weighing you down), is a wonderful way to stay connected to yourself and nature throughout the year. Yoga provides not only way to increase your awareness of these seasonal changes, but a means to deepen your awareness of ‘you’ as time marches ever onward.

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