15 Sep FULL MOON ECLIPSE FLOURISH FLOW
Dearest Goa Flow-ers, i hope this finds you well.
In my Goa Flows i integrate the Sun (Surya), the Moon (Luna), breath (Pranayama), yoga postures (asana), gestures (Mudra) and the 5 elements (earth, wind, fire, water, space). For me it’s important to draw upon these pillars as a way to connect into a wholesome human being who is flourishing in life, on and off the yoga mat.
We are emotional beings and depending on how the sun, the moon and the earth align we might feel different every day. The Moon controls our inner emotional life, memories, sense of belonging, and much more. It’s the feminine nature within us. The sun controls our sense of self and identity, vitality, awareness, and much more. It is the masculine nature within us.
The theme for this Full Moon Lunar Flow is; to flourish. It’s inspired by the zodiac sign Pisces, which represent the fish, water, letting go and connecting the parts into a whole. In this case, a wholesome connected humanbeing flourishing in life.
The flow i offer in this video (below) is one you can do on a Full Moon but also anytime you feel stuck, or need to re-establish focus to find your own flow, or follow your own flow.
To flourish we need the right balance of the water and earth element. Yoga can help us become aware of whether the elements are working together harmoniously or not in our body. Also it’s important to be aware of how the past might be inhibiting us in the present to move forward into the future.
When we are too earthbound, we feel stuck. When we are too fluid, we loose our grounding (stability).
Water is soft, adaptable, healing, calming, nourishing; but it’s also strong and powerful and considered to be the strongest of the 5 elements, as it can cut through anything.
My aim with Goa Flow is to make you feel strong and powerful, like you can take on anything in your life and feel in control, but it’s also important to remember to cultivate a sense of fluidity and playfulness to nurture and soften a side of you that might be too strong and lean toward rigidity.
Water is the element associated with the third (or sacral) chakra; the seat of our emotions. It’s all in the hips. The hips don’t lie.
This leads me to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Pisces, happening Friday September 16th, 2016.
Full Moon represents energy, light and the closing of a Lunar Cycle. When it’s a full moon the energy is increased. The ocean tides are increased as well.
During Full Moon you might feel extra emotional. Adding a Lunar Eclipse intensifies it all. Everyone will feel it in their own way, depending on what is going on with you and what you need. Read more about this in my blog post specifically on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Pisces here.
What do you need?
What might you need to let go of?
With the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Pisces it felt natural to integrate Fish pose into this Flourish Flow because the water and earth are the dominant element in this pose and this Eclipse.
The sanskrit name is MATSYASANA
matsya = fish (mot-see-AHS-anna)
Matsyasana (especially in Ashtanga Yoga), is sequenced as a counter-pose to Shoulderstand. It’s not a super easy pose to do. You might find the neck/throat and lower back strained in this position. Over the years i have found a few good ways to ease into the pose, and i take you through it in the video.
Matsyasana refers to Matsya from Hindu mythology and is believed to be an incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu, the preserver/ protector.
The story goes that, very long ago, the Earth had become corrupt and was going to be overtaken by a flood. Vishnu, who was called to preserve the Universe turned himself into a fish, called Matsya.
Matsya rescued all the wise Hindu sages (Rishis) by boat to make sure all their wisdom was saved. In doing so Matsya re-balanced the Earth and the Ocean. Practicing Matsyasana can be helpful in re-establishing your focus, giving you the resiliency and fluidity you need when you might feel too earth bound (stuck, stale).
Matsyasana is an asana that will root you, and open you up. It has the water and earth element. The strong backbend opens and arches the spine like a wave, making it flexible and helps to deepen your breath. It also strengthens the legs, back and abdominal muscles. The deep neck curve is believed to be beneficial for the thyroid.
Contraindications and Cautions
• High or low blood pressure
• Migraine, headache
• Serious lower-back or neck injury
Before i end this post, i have to share this story with you.
As i am writing this i am reminded of how I fantasised naming my son (Lars), Matsy, inspired by Matsyasana. I always love saying Matsy-asana. I know, i am weird 🙂
Well, my husband wasn’t excited for the name, so it didn’t manifest, ha ha ha.
We had two names on our list; Lars and Rishi (like the above mentioned ancient Indian seers). When Lars was born, i asked my husband: So what is he? A Lars? or a Rishi?.
He is ‘a Lars,’ my husband replied.
And i wholeheartedly agreed. With no doubt in my mind, he is a Lars.
We do at times regret not giving him a middle name of Rishi because he feels very much like a Rishi; an old soul, saying a lot of wise things. I chuckle to myself how this all relates to this post, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and Flourish Flow.
The Flourish Flow includes moon salutation, ocean salutation, fish pose, boat pose and is a grounding and fluid practice.
I hope this blog post is giving you some more context for the Flourish Flow, that you enjoy the flow and exploring all the elements within you. Remember; tapas, the 3rd Niyama, about “discipline” and putting in the work. It’s important to put in the work, in order for the yoga to bear fruits. Practice consistently. A better translation for tapas i like is; to generate light.
As you practice your yoga, you generate light, just like the Full Moon. It will make you more aware of what you need to bring in and what you need to let go of to fully flourish in your life.
Enjoy. Please let me know how the flow feels and what is going on with you.
Much Love, Light & Lunar Magic,
Anita Goa 🙂