There’s no doubt that a full moon has some kind of energetic effect on people as ER rooms have been known to have more patients and you’ve heard about how crazy people get during this time. Whether you feel like howling when the moon is full or notice your emotions or energy is magnified during this time that’s because the full moon radiates a tremendous amount of energy. You can see it’s effects on the oceans as well as our bodies and minds. It can increase your positive energy or it can wreck havoc on your emotions.
In either case, you must be in a calm state of mind to receive it’s positive effects. The full moon is a time of positive opportunity. If you receive it wisely, it can propel your emotional and spiritual growth.
Here’s some of my personal full moon practices:
1. Yoga: modify my vinyasa practice by adding in chandra namaskars instead of surya namaskars. My flow is less intense with more focus on moving energy and breath in a more soft, fluid, and intuitive motion where the spine moves in a wave like fashion like seaweed floating in the ocean. Each repetition is done with different intentions or offerings: 1) letting go, emptying, 2) gratitude, positive thoughts, 3) envisioning my dreams coming true, 4) offering my love, prayer, thoughts to those who need it. With this in mind, I focus more on chest and hip openers that leave the body feeling light and receptive.
2. Pranayama: begin practice with kapalabhati breath (skull shining or breath of fire) to completely empty and release any pent up energy, frustration, anxiety, etc. It also releases any toxins in the blood stream, lungs, and increases circulation. End practice with nadi shodhana (alternate nose breath) which will ease the mind and body into deeper stillness and calm.
3. Moon gaze with a soft drishti for as long as comfortable. Notice the colors and the way the light reflects, and the ring of light that surrounds it (aura). As you gaze, notice any internal sensations and their fluctuations.
4. Meditation: being in stillness whether that is in a seated posture or savasana. Notice the fluctuations of the breath or if its after a yoga practice, receiving the flow of prana that tickles the skin and finger tips.
5. And my favorite is treating my body to a luxurious almond and coconut oil salt scrub. If you’re near the ocean, go take a swim. Water or qualities of the ocean will align you closer to the moon’s energetic pull on your internal tides.
6. Finally, I will listen (or sing if no one’s around lol) to the Gayatri Mantra. Mantras help raise our vibration and this particular one is a traditional chant during full moons. My favorite one is by Deva Premal:
Or here’s another beautiful version:
There are so many different variations and each one is beautifully chanted in their own ways and each invites different emotions and sensations.
So instead of howling at the moon, chant the Gayatri, listen with your heart, and let the vibrations of the words land in your body.
Gayatri Mantra words:
Aum Bhoor Bhuva Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyoyo Na Pracho Dhayat
Praise to the source of all things. It is due to you that we attain true happiness on all planes.It is due to your transcendent nature that you are being worshipped and adored. Ignite us with your all pervading light.
*there are many translations but more or less, “May all beings on earth reach enlightenment” as said by Deva.