Friday, February 18, 2011

Love Week, Day 5: Yoga Love

Today is February 18...full moon!

(photo taken at night on long exposure using a tripod)

It never really occurred to me before today that the moon is one of those strange cosmic forces which links the entire planet in such a way that we ALL experience the full moon on the same date.

I haven't been sleeping well at all the past few days, and when one of my yoga teachers suggested yesterday that we practise Chandra Namaskara or the moon salutation, I suddenly understood why.

No, I don't go so far as to believe that I am somehow linked to the moon's feminine energy, or some such thing. Instead, quite practically, I realised that I like to sleep in a dark room, and that the moon has just been so darn bright that I haven't been able to get to sleep with it shining through the white curtains! And when I finally have fallen asleep out of sheer exhaustion, my sleep has been so light that I wake up feeling really tired.

Ah, that strange and wonderful moon...tricky lady. :-)

Regardless, it felt good to honour the lunar cycle in flowing asanas...invigorating even (which was preferable, since four nights of sleep deprivation would probably have necessitated someone having to wake me up from today's Savasana!)

(a meditative corner in the garden of the yoga centre)

So here's a written salute to the bright lady - may she always smile her cheesy grin down upon us!

P.S. If you'd like to try Chandra Namaskara for yourself, Yoga Flavored Life has a nifty little set of stick drawings to help you through. Have a great weekend!