As the rapidly growing moon pulls the tides ever higher, waves exploding in a flurry of energy, it makes intuitive sense that the water and energy within our bodies (around 60%), is pulled upward. From the chakra-based perspective of kundalini yoga, energy being pulled upwards towards the crown chakra indicates a communion with the higher energies of the cosmos. However in order to access this level of union with the cosmic consciousness – the goal of yoga in Samadhi, the lower chakras must be full, strong, and balanced otherwise things can quickly spiral out of control.
The lead up to tomorrow’s full moon in virgo can take us more into our heads – our minds, our thought processes. Analysing, ruminating and worrying are some examples of this. In order to counter this tendency and maintain calm, yoga has many techniques to help.
One is pranayama: intentionally slowing down the breath, and focusing on the outbreath: a long, gentle, deep exhale can create a calming wave motion in the body to echo the ocean. Engaging ujjayi breath with an oceanic sound like the waves can help create peace in the body, mind and spirit.
Another technique is asana: physical movement/postures with the body. In highly energetically charged moments such as around a full moon, grounding is very powerful. This can mean slowly moving from pose to pose, staying low to the earth, stimulating the root chakra with lots of focus on hip stretches on the mat area ideal. See here for a simple 20 minute grounding sequence. Going barefoot where possible and resting are very beneficial to bring the energy downward too.
Meditation can be helpful too: visualising a wave of blue water cleansing your body, rising up towards your heart on the inhale, and rippling slowly back down on the exhale is a calming technique to try.
Most of all, be gentle, kind, and slow down activity: with yourself, and with those around you. Harness and receive the energy, and know that change is inevitable in life. This too shall pass.