Taurus Full Moon Vibes …

A few nights ago I got to share a ♉ moon inspired Hatha practice with beautiful souls at The Yoga Garden.

Taurus qualities include earthy, hard-working, steady, stable, and loyal. With this full moon, we are encouraged to find enjoyment in sensory pleasures, appreciate beauty and creating beauty, and go with our desire to improve our surroundings for ourselves and the greater good.

Taurus also loves simplicity, a sense of home, and feeling worthy. Being home, nesting and surrounded with simple comforts to foster security help us prepare and weather the winter months.

The low side of Taurus includes stubbornness, stagnation, and resistance to change. There may be guilt around self-care, seeing it as indulgent rather than life-affirming and crucial to balancing a hard-working nature.

Choose the high vibes of Taurus as the moon dust settles after this full moon into the weekend & further as we move into winter hibernation … Maybe:

– Enjoy a warm bath with Epsom & essential oils.

– Make soup & share with friends.

– Look at your budget & cut what doesn’t serve. Invest in simple joys.

– Use your voice for good.

– Surround yourself with loved items that soothe your senses — sights, smells, textures, etc.

Speaking of home & soothing comforts … At our practice Wednesday a few lovely souls gifted me homemade bath salts & curried butternut squash soup. What could be more Taurean & homebody affirming?!

The Yoga practices … yes, asana, but also pranayama, pratyahara, & the daily practice of the yamas & niyamas, help us to cultivate a sense of home within ourselves. What would it look like to use the following as your daily mantra:

I am at home in my body.

The body is our vehicle for taking in, moving through, & making a difference in the world. We may or may not have had a strong sense of home growing up … the science of Yoga gives us techniques to unveil home within our own bodies so we can move in the world with confidence, clarity, ease & a sense of purpose.

Like some of you, I’ve moved around a lot … & have enjoyed experiencing new adventures & different communities. We’ve been rooted in Uniontown for over 5 years now … the longest we’ve lived anywhere in the past 2 decades … & I find myself getting a “glimpse” of what people who’ve remained in place might experience — knowing the details of a landscape, being part of the history of a place, and forming relationships. Soothing to the soul.

Further, that mantra of I am at home in my body is seeping into my psyche. I have rarely felt at home in my own body … There’s always a compulsion to improve, or reduce, or make better (low side of Taurus). Daily meditation is beginning to soften the edges around my internal barriers.

On a side note, this guy followed me this week … Also looking for his home. He seemed pretty at home on our porch in a dog bed while we awaited his family. His name is Rambo:

This season, may we consider those around us or in the world who may not have homes or feel homeless mentally or physically. We all crave a sense of home; it’s a universal need. As we cultivate our own sense of home, may we consider how we might support or advocate for others who want the exact same thing we do.

And this from the knowledge & practice of the yamas of non-harming (ahimsa), non-possessiveness (aparigraha), & non-stealing (asteya). We know that there is enough for all to experience home, stability, & self-worth.

I hope you’ve found something from my ramblings that resonates with your sense of home. I look forward to hearing your thoughts after class or online. Happy Nesting!

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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