Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Moon: New Perspective

Yoga Flava with Robin Downes
Whenever I want to give myself a fresh start, I turn my body—and my perspective—upside down. Inversions are magnificent for shaking loose worn out ways of looking at things.

Around May 20 in sync with the "New Moon /Solar Eclipse"at 0 degrees Gemini – happens at 7:23 pm EDT // 4:23 pm PST, It is a time to set new intentions and prepare for transformation.  Invite in new awareness by practicing poses such as
Plow Pose, Headstand, Handstand and Shoulderstand.

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This new moon solar eclipse occurs in Taurus—Gemini (Vedic astrology or Jyotish, and Western astrology, respectively). These signs are connected with the throat, neck, and shoulders.  It’s a prime time to strengthen and release tension in these areas of the body. Also beware of “shouldering” too much responsibility; remember that grace and good luck are readily available now; let down some of the load and breathe freely.
To experience release in the shoulders, explore seated versions of Cow Face Pose and Eagle Pose, keeping your focus on the shoulders.
The darkness of the new moon solar eclipse is also an apt time to honor your inextinguishable inner sun by chanting the Gayatri mantra, “a prayer to divine light.”
To this prayer, I add these intentions specifically for this new moon solar eclipse:
May all the changes we experience at this time be benevolent and filled with grace. 
May we usher in good health and well-being, supportive communities, and loving kindness for all. 
May our practices be inspired by the gentle guidance of the sun and moon.
Namasté. (Excerpted from Yoga Journal)

Good Scents provides a "New Moon" meditation oil. A blend of proprietary essential oils in a base of jojoba and fractionated coconut oils. May 20th is the "New Moon" you may sense a re-balancing needs to occur with the planetary phase that we are in. As with all "Good Scents blends, these oils are tuned with planetary chimes and gongs and infused with crystal essences. Inhale, relax, and enjoy!


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  1. Moon is considered the most important planet in Vedic Astrology. The rashi of the person itself is the sign in which the Moon is located. The transits too are based on Moon. In Vedic astrology Moon is the Karak of mind.

    1. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing your information.
      - Robin Downes / Yoga Flava