The days of full moon hold various beliefs and significance for most cultures and across spiritual and scientific realms. In Buddhist ideology, full moon days are important as a time for religious reflection. Some cultures see the moon as a feminine (yin) symbol, representing the rhythm of time. The round circular form of full moon is also seen as the image of wholeness and strength.
Native Americans gave the full moons names to help to track the seasons. The May Full Moon is called The Full Flower Moon, as it marks time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young and for the plants to bloom. In the scientific realm, the moon is of course responsible (if not alone) for the rising and falling of ocean tides.
The lunar cycle has also been attributed to various emotional and mental states, from bad sleep to “demonic influences.” The word “lunatic” comes from the Latin word for Full Moon as until approximately the 18th century it was commonly believed that full moon influences fewer and amplifies epileptic episodes, bipolarity and other illnesses. In the modern age there no scientific evidence has been found to support these claims but nevertheless, the folklores are still very much alive.
For better or for worse (and whether you choose to believe in it or not) the full moon is considered to pour down great amount of energy. It is said that negative emotions can surface and make you even more stressed, whilst a calm and relaxed mind ensures the positive effects are amplified. And what better way to relax and de-stress than yoga?
I am leading the first Full Moon Yoga session at KiteMed in Larnaca, tomorrow Wednesday the 10th at 19:15 (to approx. 20:30.) We start right at the sunset for a stress busting and relaxing slow flow yoga session and watch the moon come up in its full glory. Just imagine the moon over the Mediterranean sea, away from light pollution: It is a very impressive and soothing experience you do not want to miss out! The cost is 10 euros and the class is suitable for beginners. Whilst the days are warm, the evenings can be a bit cool so please wear warm and comfortable clothes (track pants, leggings, long sleeved t-shirt or similar) and bring an extra layer/blanket for the relaxation. If you need to borrow a mat, please send me a message as I have few spare ones to lend out.
See you there!