Dear yogis and yoginis,
Mars is still retrograding which may keep slowing things down, but hopefully we can use this slow time to lean back and aim true, staying out of feeing frustrated and keeping anger at bay.
Right now, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are conjunct Capricorn (success standards, society rules and must do’s). This conjunction will finish towards the end of the year although it’s effects may be felt as far as February next year.
Here, we are looking at the ‘uncool’ side of Capricorn: masks are falling off at a collective level – we are fully conscious of how these external systems are no longer working. However, this mirrors our own personal systems and strategies and, if we look within ourselves, we may start to see how these systems are outdated and are no longer helping us. Taking this even further, we may discover that these old ways and coping mechanisms may just be creating the opposite effect of what we are used to and expect. The learning we take is that, in order to find different ways, we need to work with ourselves, go within and take responsibility for our lives.
This week’s most important aspect is the Harvest full moon in Aries (first sign of the Zodiac, rules ‘me, I want’), conjunct Chiron (wounded healer) with a Libra (ruling relationships) Sun. We will have two full moons this month, the brightests of the year, which is why this is the best month to ‘harvest’ whatever has come to fruition in our lives.
This full moon presents a huge mirror to see ourseves within our most important relationships. We are then able to see how a part of our relationship is a certain way because that same part in ourselves is that certain way. Taking responsibility for our part in this brings some huge learnings.
Mars squares Saturn as Saturn is stationary, just before it starts going direct. This aspects guides us to make a serious commited decision – we can either make an adjustment or decide to let go.
The moon will be full tomorrow and the energy can be felt the whole week, so if you decide to do the work the best evenings are tonight, tomorrow and the day after.
This evening, in our Moon Flow Yoga we will bring this intention through our Yoga Nidra practice, asking the full moon to clarify:
What would be good to solve within myself to help sort an important relationship out?
This month our practice will focus around Hanumanasana, in honour of Hanuman’s (the monkey God) leap of faith:
“It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such a thing; they cheered Hanuman, then the air burned from his passage, and red clouds flamed over the sky . . .” (Ramayana, retold by William Buck).
This pose then, in which the legs are split forward and back, mimics Hanuman’s famous leap from the southern tip of India to the island of Sri Lanka.
Some of Hanumanasana’s benefits are that it stretches thighs, hamstrings and groins and stimulates abdominal organs. It helps release pressure in the sciatic nerve if suffering from sciatica. This pose is contraindicated to those with groin or hamstring injuries.
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See you on the mat very soon!