Moontime Yoga

As women, we spend a big part of our lives on our period. It took me some time to see the beauty, the magic and the benefits of this cyclical phenomena. In TCM, the Chinese see the pre-menstrual/ menstrual phase as Yin time. Yin, meaning inwards, quiet, still time. It is said that a woman needs rest and stillness most at this time. If she doesn’t respect this need, her body will respond with extra tiredness, pain and cramps.

If have overdone it teaching too many classes or not taking care of myself, I know that I will be likely to feel it when my period comes. Eckhart Tolle, one of my personal favorites, says that at the time preceding her period, if a woman is able ‘to stay alert and present’ and ‘watch whatever’ she feels ‘within, rather then be taken over by it, it affords an opportunity for the most powerful spiritual practice’. He goes on to say that ‘a rapid transmutation of all past pain becomes possible.’ I cannot say that I have directly lived through the full experience which Eckhart describes but I have glimpsed the shimmer of it. Our moontime is an opportunity for us to come into the core and heart of our feminity, the seat of our intuition and wisdom. In this stillness is transcendence possible. In the meantime to keep the dragon side of the moontime at bay, here are some yummy relaxing poses to rest and recuperate. Grab a belt and an eye mask if possible. Enjoy! xxx

1. Straight legs up against the wall

Moontime Yoga

  • Come to lying with your legs up against the wall.
  • If you don’t know how, crouch at the edge your mat by the wall, then roll your back onto the mat and legs up the wall.
  • Use an eye mask or another soft cover over your eyes.
  • Place hands on your belly.
  • Take 5-10 deep breaths.

2. Wide legged against the wall with belt I

Moontime Yoga

  • Take the belt and make sure the end is closed.
  • Place belt around lower legs and open legs out.
  • Adjust belt width if necessary until legs are comfortably stretching.
  • Place the eye mask back on.
  • Let the arms open out.
  • Take 5-10 deep breaths.

3. Wide legged against the wall with belt II (optional)

Moontime Yoga

  • Lower the position of the belt below the knees
  • Adjust belt width if necessary until legs are comfortably stretching.
  • Place the eye mask back on.
  • Let the arms open out & bring palms upwards until elbows are at 90 degress.
  • Take 5-10 deep breaths.

4. Supta Badakonasana against the wall I

  • Remove the belt.
  • Open the knees out & bring toes, feet in together.
  • Hands on belly.
  • Place the eye mask back on.
  • Breathe in soothing energy into belly.
  • Breathe out stress & tiredness.
  • Take 5-10 deep breaths.

5. Supta Badakonasana against the wall II

Moontime Yoga

  • Slide hands down onto ovaries & uterus.
  • Place the eye mask back on.
  • Breathe in calming energy into belly.
  • Breathe out frustration, sadness & exhaustion.
  • Take 5-10 deep breaths.

6. Apanasana

Moontime Yoga

  • Bring your knees to your chest.
  • Little side rolls to either side.
  • Little circles with the knees.
  • Take 5-10 deep breaths.

Roll over to one side et voilà! Namasté