Balance, what does it really mean? Many practices, including yoga, emphasise finding balance to feel good. Hatha Yoga – Ha meaning Sun, Tha meaning moon, is about the balance of opposing parts – our conscious and unconscious states.
Do you have balance in life? Sometimes we can have a busy week, working and possibly playing hard. And then heading off to hot yoga. Before we know it we can build up our solar energy and feel not exactly harmonious at best, or get sick at our worst. In fact many people think yoga should be relaxing and find themselves in a hard class ‘pushing’ themselves. That can be easy to do. Pushing yourself maybe very familiar. It’s what you know. And a sweaty practice can feel great and release a lot of endorphins. However perhaps you know you NEED to slow down a little but find it difficult to do so. Yin yoga (where you hold poses low to the ground for longer) or restorative yoga may make you restless and irritated and could be too slow too quickly, however good for us it is. If this is you there are many options. Slowing down does not have to mean not doing.
Ashtanga yoga is the most physically demanding practice. It is extremely challenging and a structured sequence very attractive to people who want to ‘work out’ in any way. In fact I would say you build more heat than most work outs but with the major benefit of yoga i.e. mindfulness, connection, feeling calm, grounded and great. I wish I had a few before and after photos of Ashtanga. You can see the true ‘inner glow’ when a students finishes. And you feel it. I always leave Ashtanga feeling strong, detoxed, peaceful and literally shining physically and mentally.
However sometimes it is not appropriate to build the heat Ashtanga gives you. And a regular intensive practice can throw you off balance, particularly if your life is already ‘intense’.
The Moon Sequence is intended to help awareness of the cycles of the Moon and encourage your intuitive faculty, for when it would be useful to slow down. The background is honouring the cycles of the moon and how they affect a woman’s menstrual cycle.
The practice itself takes pressure off the shoulders and upper body particularly for students who work on the jump throughs and jump backs that can put a lot of pressure on the shoulders. It places more emphasis on the lower body, the hips, and a soft and stable abdomen.
It is a great practice if you want to feel restored without having to be still
Join Huma, one of the few certified Moon Sequence teachers in the UK Saturday 14 October 3 – 5pm