A full moon is a time of brightness, clarity and illumination. It is a great time to reflect and be grateful for all that is, has been, and will be.
Work through these poses with slow, mindful, and fluid transitions to honor the full moon.
1. Modified Side Plank/Half Moon – Start in table top, extending the left leg back behind you. Roll to the inner edge of the left foot. Reach the left arm up to the sky. Balancing on the right hand and right shin, try to float the left leg up. Ankle in line with hip. Flexing the foot, so heel is reaching away. Maybe look up towards the left hand.
2. Low Lunge with Crescent – From the last pose, transition to step the left foot through between the hands at the top of the mat. Stacking left knee over left ankle. Press into the legs to lift the hands up. Interlace the fingers, except leave the index fingers pointing up. Lean the hands over to the left to get a side body stretch.
Repeat 1 and 2 on the other side.
3. Heart Opener – Sit back on the heels, with the toes untucked. Bring the fingertips back behind you. Broaden through the chest and gaze up, squeezing elbows back behind you.
4. Warrior 2 Variation – Come to downward dog, then transition the right foot to the top of the mat. Spin the left foot parallel to shorter edge of the mat. Lifting up as you bend into the front knee. Extend the arms out front to back. Then reverse it, bringing the left hand down to the back leg and reaching the right arm up and over. Start to straighten the front leg, for a nice big extension on the right side. Repeat on other side.
5. Pigeon – From hands and knees, bring the right knee behind the right wrist, and right foot towards the left. Extend the left leg back behind you, with the toes untucked. Square off the hips, before lowering down to the forearms, fists or forehead.
6. Shoelace – Lift up from pigeon, come onto the right hip. Swing the left leg forward, and cross the left thigh over the right. Trying to stack the knees. Ground down through both sit bones. Lift and lengthen. If you want to take it further, fold down. Maybe supporting the head with the arms as pictured.
Repeat 5 and 6 on other side.
7. Side Sphinx – Come to the right hip, extending both legs long. Stacking ankles, and hips. Use the right hand at your side to support in a side bend. Use the left hand in front of you for balance. Option to walk the right hand further away from you to lessen, or come to the forearm to ease off a bit more. Roll onto the belly and then over to the left hip to repeat on other side.
These 7 poses come from a full half hour practice for the Full Moon on my channel and in my app.