Honor the Aquarius Full Moon with this Witchy Yoga Ritual
Sierra Vandervort // August 9, 2022
The Aquarius Full Moon calls in the energy of the change maker. You can use this full Moon to reflect on any barriers or “walls” you put around yourself.
On Thursday, August 11, 2022, our full Moon in Aquarius ripens in the night sky. In New Age spirituality, a full Moon gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lives and learn valuable lessons in personal development.
The full Moon in Aquarius is a fixed air sign, and it calls in the energy of the changemaker. Progressive, futuristic and eccentric, Aquarius challenges us to raise our own vibrational energy so that we may help raise the collective consciousness.
You can use this full Moon to reflect on any barriers or “walls” you put around yourself. Challenge yourself to embrace your inner rebel, question your status quo, and show up as authentically and vibrantly as you can for yourself.
A funky and enlivening yoga practice filled with intentional movement can help you anchor into your Self, so that you may easier hear the deep insights of your inner consciousness.
Yoga for the Aquarius Full Moon
This 30-minute vinyasa class will help you tap into the eccentric energy of the full Moon in Aquarius. We’ll break out of mindless patterns by bringing simple variations to common standing poses. Then, fun and twisty peak poses like Wild Thing give you a chance to play. Finally, taking a relaxing, meditative close to your practice will help you awaken your Ajna Chakra (third eye) so that you may better see any barriers holding you back from your most authentic self.
Full Moon in Aquarius Yoga
30 min vinyasa yoga
props needed: none
For my practice, I’m using my favorite sustainable yoga rug from Öko Living. These mats are ethically hand-loomed out of organic cotton and dyed with medicinal herbs. Plus, they come from a small women-owned business! If you’d like to grab your own yoga rug, use my code THELOCALMYSTIC to save $10 on your order.
Full Moon in Aquarius Sequence
Adho Mukha Svanasana variation: Come to Downward Facing Dog. Take a few breaths here while you root through your palms and your feet. As you gently bend your knees, walk your hands back towards your feet, stopping about halfway. Take your right hand and reach to the outer edge of your left ankle. Use a slight grip to help you twist to the left as you gaze under your left tricep. Take a few breaths here, then reset back in Downward Facing Dog and repeat on the second side.
Utkata Konasana: Make your way up to standing, then turn to the left side, facing the long end of your mat. Take your feet as wide as your hips, with your toes pointed out and your heels pointed in. As you breathe in, reach your hands up to the sky, spreading out wide through your chest and out through your fingertips. As you exhale, bend your knees, guiding them out over the center on your feet. Bend your elbows and allow your upper body to be fluid here. Maybe you reach down to touch the floor. Maybe your arms stretch out long in front of you. Do whatever feels organic in your body and move with your breath.
Virabhadrasana II: From Utkata Konasana, straighten both your legs and point your right foot forward. Stretch both of your arms out long, and try to center your shoulders over your hips. Bend deeply into your front knee while you gaze forward with strength and determination over your front fingertips.
Shanti Virabhadrasana: On an inhale breath, turn your palms up to face the sky. Using your exhale, straighten your front leg as you reach your left hand down your back thigh and extend from your right hip, reaching your right fingertips towards the back of your mat. Keep yourself rooted through your feet and lengthen along your side body.
Utthita Trikonasana: Keep your front leg straight and slowly hinge your torso back upright. Reach forward with your right hand as you shift your hips back. Allow your front hand to rest on your thigh, your shin, a block, or the floor. Try to stack your shoulders and your hips, and don’t collapse through your left side body.
Parsvottanasana: From triangle pose, lower your left hand to the ground and spin to the ball of your back foot. Both feet should be flat on the floor, hip points pointing down. If you need to draw the feet closer together to make this pose more accessible to you, do so. Use an inhale breath to lengthen your chest forward as you draw your hips back. Use an exhale breath to soften your nose down towards your knee and focus on relaxing the back of your front leg.
Wild Thing: From Parsvottanasana, release back to Downward Facing Dog. Lift your left leg up behind you, stretching out through your toes. Bend your left knee and open your left hip. Lift your left hand off of the mat as you touch the left foot down behind you, off the mat towards the right. Spiral your chest up and open, reaching your left hand high up in the sky. To release, sweep your left leg back around beneath you, letting your left hand follow. Take a breath (or several!) in Down Dog.
Gomukhasana: Come to sit on the mat. Start with the soles of your feet together and your knees open wide. Draw your right foot close to your groin and thread it underneath your left thigh so that it rests on the outside edge of your left hip. Then take your left leg and cross it over your right. Try to wiggle your left heel back towards your right hip and stack your knees one on top of the other. If your hips are too tight today, you can place a block in between your knees or underneath your seat. Reach your right hand up overhead and then bend your elbow reaching your fingertips down the nape of your neck. Bend your left arm behind you and reach your fingertips up towards your right hand. If you’d like, you can use a strap or a shirt to help you close the gap between your hands. Close your eyes and take 10 full breaths. As you exhale, imagine your energy expanding and radiating out around you. When you’re ready, slowly unwind and stretch your legs out long before repeating on the second side.
Halasana: Lie down on your back. Place your palms flat on the ground and draw both of your knees in towards your chest. Use the strength of your belly to lift your hips and stretch your toes back towards the floor behind your head. Try to straighten the legs, but if you need, you can bend your knees, letting them frame your face. As you breathe, feel your back body expand and contract. Stay here for at least 10 breaths. When you’re ready to come out, use your belly muscles to lift your feet back up towards the sky and slowly let them find the floor.
Savasana: Release your arms by your sides and take your ankles to the corner edges of your mat. Let all your limbs be heavy and release any hold you had on your breath. Stay still and rest for 4-10 minutes. Then when you’re ready, slowly awaken and ease back into your day.
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