Moon Meditations in Kundalini Yoga

Did you know that during the Full Moon there is a pressure on your glandular system which can either make us erratic and fanatic OR this same pressure can be used to accelerate healing on all levels! The moon relates to the underworld which is a metaphor for our deep psyche. In certain phases of the moon cycle there is much more emotional energy present. The upside of this is during these certain phases deep emotional work is more easily entered into. Getting in sync with the moons cycles can keep our health and emotions optimized. Yogi Bhajan said: Your biofeedback moves from New Moon to Full Moon, and Full Moon to New Moon. There are three days of the Moon. If you fast at these times you can bring your mind and health into balance. In Auryveda this is considered to be the mastery of all treatments. Try fasting on lemon and water during these three days of the month. From sun-up to until the next morning at breakfast, when you can break the fast.

(You can sweeten lemon water with honey or sweetener of your choice. It is recommended that you drink lemon water through a paper straw to save the enamel on your teeth.)

Eve of the Full Moon

Traditionally, the eve of the Full Moon was considered a very potent time to Meditate. There is a Meditation which Yogi Bhajan cited as a powerful practice for this time. its called Dhrib Dhristi Lochina Karma Kriya, which means: The power of acquiring insight into future thought forms. And thats only one of the many gifts it gives!

Sit with a straight spine with your wrists on your knees, index fingers and thumb tips meeting. Focus your gaze towards the tip of your nose. Project the sounds Sa Ta Na Ma (Existence, Life, Transformation, Rebirth) ona an upward angle from your 3rd eye point to infinity. Pulse these sounds and even as you focus at the tip of your nose (the Lotus Point),also be aware of the Third Eye point at the brow. Yogi Bhajan said that in order to receive the full range of benefits, especially on the eve of the Full Moon, the minimum time of practice is 15 min. This Meditation can be practiced anytime for stress relief, creativity, inspired eloquence, and the list goes on!

The Full Moon:
During the Full moon our glands are most active. This can make us feel very emotional and reactive, or, if we channel that energy, it affords the opportunity to make great gains on the inner planes and accelerate emotional healing. Our bodies are 70% water and the Full Moon not only affects the tides of the ocean, but the tides in us (in fact ancient yogic writings state that the seven oceans also exist in our bodies!). Those who have not trained their minds through Meditation, are especially susceptible to extreme mental fluctuations on this day. It is said that Buddha was born on a Full Moon and attained his enlightenment on the Full Moon as well. This is a very propitious time to conceive. The Sa-Ta-Na-Ma Meditation which is on Yoga Quick Fixes and Yoga House Call is perfect for the Full Moon. Best DVD: Fat Free Yoga

From the Full Moon to the New Moon, the moon is said to be waning. This is a time for reflection, planning, consolidation, and inner work on ourselves.

The New Moon:
The New Moon is day one of the moon cycle. During the New Moon, our glands are at a low ebb, as is our energy. This is a good day to do an active Kundalini Yoga set, such as Warrior Workout and to do Meditations which focus on positivity. The New Moon is a day to charge your plans with power! This day is all about a running start into turning our intentions into reality. Best DVD: A Journey thru the Chakras

From the New Moon until the Full Moon the moon is said to be waxing. This is a time to go out and do. Initiate projects and generally go for it.

The 11th Day of the Moon Cycle:
On the 11th day of the moon cycle we are in balance between the extremes of the Full and New Moons. This is another great day to fast on liquid only and/or eat very light. Make this a green smoothie day! Also, meditate like you mean it! Every ounce of Spiritual practice you put in on this day will be greatly magnified Best DVD: Body Electric. In the Hindu tradition the 11th day of the Moon Cycle is called Ekadasi tithi, and it is traditional to fast as an homage to Lord Vishnu (Creator of the Universe). Best DVD: Yoga Bliss Hips