Fall Equinox … A moment to pause & rebalance

Waning Moon Vibes

Have you noticed? The moon is hanging out til late morning! It’s been so heartening for me to walk to work, spot the Moon, … & keep walking.

Until the last few days … When I made myself STOP … right in the alleyway, or on the sidewalk, or in my yard … Look up & pause.

Pause. Take a breath. Be in awe.

I hope you get a chance to greet the Moon before it goes dark in the next few days ;).

Yesterday I got to hang out with 10 amazing folks at our first session of the Beginner Yoga Series at The Yoga Garden. It’s a total gift that I get to share asana, breathing techniques, relaxation, meditation and more with this group. We come to the practice for various reasons, & a community is formed. I have to make myself pause. Take a breath. Be in awe.

In awe that folks make time for their well-being … The question becomes: Why am I in awe of this commitment to self-care? Why is this not the norm?

It once was …

Our ancestors once lived by the rhythms of seasons, Moon cycles & life stages. There were times for working, but also times to rest, rejuvenate, celebrate … even be still.

Our western go-go-go society has overtaken our inborn rhythms … & replced rhythm with production, instant gratification, & retreat into our screens.

I know my body & mind have been overtaken by these norms. It’s only in the last few years I’ve tiptoed back to the concept & embodiment of rhythms, Nature’s cycles, & connection with Something Bigger.

Following the Moon’s cycles has supported my exploration. What do you do to reconnect with your natural and/or ancestral rhythms? to step away & care for your well-being? I’d love to hear in the comments or in-person …

Know when you reconnect with your mind/body/spirit, you are not being “selfish.” Yoga (“the big Y” Yoga) is the science of self-realization — not for its own sake, but so those of us who are householders can go do our work in the world with a clear, calm, cheerful, and one-pointed focus.

And when each of us does our unique work for the good of the world, we collectively find out way back to those innate rhythms. Simply, the world becomes a better place for ALL of us.

Enjoy this waning phase of the Moon. Pause, breathe, stand in awe. Where do you reconnect with your natural rhythms? Where is there a disconnect? The New Moon is a perfect time to begin again.

Here are some resources I use:

Year Long Meditation initiative with The Himalayan Institute

Sanctuary app with Rod Stryker of ParaYoga

The Moon is My Calendar by April McMurtry (new calendar is shipping soon!)

Spirit Daughter moon workbooks

I look forward to hearing from you & seeing you in an asana class soon!

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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