The Magic of the Lunar Phases

moon

Every night the shape of the moon seems different to us people on earth. This phenomenon is called the lunar phases or the lunar cycle. This occurs because when the moon orbits around our planet, it also changes it’s position to the sun and therefore the parts that get illuminated from the sunlight (the moon has no light on its own) change with the different positions. So far this is just the science behind it. While this phenomenon in the sky is beautiful to look at, you can gain much more out of the old wisdom about the lunar phases.

Ancient Wisdom

Throughout the times, the moon was worshipped by many different cultures. Mostly represented in form of a goddess but there are also moon gods, for example, the Hindu god Chandra. Luna was always a symbol of change, for the cycle of death and rebirth, the mystic, the unconscious. A symbol of feelings, the feminine and mysterious aspects of life. Moreover, calendars were constructed according to the moon (the word “month” derives from here) and up to our present time, these calendars were very popular among farmers or elderly people and were used to plan farming, gardening, householding or important appointments. The people of those times have already known about the influence of the moon’s gravitation to the life here on earth just by observing it. A lot of eastern religions still have festivities that follow the moon calendar and even in our Gregorian calendar, a lot of holidays fall on special days according to the position of the sun or the moon.  Right now we’re living in times in which more people wish to come back to their roots and to live their lives more in tune with natural cycles of nature, thus moon calendars are getting more popular again.

Spiritual Meanings of the Lunar Phases

But how can we use the wisdom about the lunar phases for our well-being? Well, first, there is another dimension to the moon phases than just the gravitational influence. It’s the spiritual meaning, the spiritual teachings of these subtle energies. We can use these meanings as metaphors and see ourselves as little “seeds” that grow, bloom and then transform. It’s easier to go with the natural flow than to fight it. Modern times try to standardize everything but life comes and goes in circles and we are affected by these natural cycles as well. Why fight this when we can use it for our best? If we try to live more harmonious with these cycles, then we can use this power to manifest the things we really want in our life.

You can divide the lunar cycle into either four or eight phases. It’s basically the same, but the eight phases give you a little bit more detail than just “growing”, “full” or “waning”, so I’m going to give you a little information on all eight phases.

1. New Moon

It’s the phase with the lowest energy level and you may feel introverted and introspective. This time, in which the moon cannot be seen, calls for new beginnings. A blank page, the dark and mystic potential of creation that holds every possibility that exists within. Use this time to set a vision for yourself, a goal, an idea, a dream. Set an intention and really try to feel it from the bottom of your heart. Plant that seed.

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Yoga & Mountainbike Retreat

Summer is just around the corner and maybe you haven’t planned your vacation yet. If you’re into yoga, mountain biking, hiking and nature, then maybe this could be something for you.

I will be teaching on an activity holiday from 07. July to 11. July 2018 and 11. August to 15. August 2018 in Maria Alm, Austria. There will be two yoga classes per day, one in the morning and the other one in the evening (if you book the yoga package; if you book the adventure package, you can join a few times) and I will also host some workshops on the topics mindfulness/awareness and self-love/self-trust.

Flyer Workshops Maria Alm

Be Mindful: In this 90-minute workshop, I will first talk about the stress in our lives and what stress looks like on a physical, emotional and psychological level. Then we are going to talk about mindfulness: What is it? Why is it so helpful in stress-reduction and what are other benefits? The last part of this workshop will include various simple exercises that are easy to integrate into your daily life so that you can start working on your well-being immediately.

Trust Yourself: Another 90-minute workshop on the topics self-love and self-trust. We often are afraid to go new ways or try new things and often we think “I can’t do this”. In this workshop, I will explain why we lose trust in ourselves, why thoughts are immensely powerful and why self-love and being mindful is super important in the context of confidence. After that, we will talk about how you can gain your confidence back and you are going to learn different techniques to apply in your daily life, so you can walk easily through life without doubting yourself.

Meditation in Motion: On this 2.5-hour hike we are going to try to be as mindful as possible. I will lead you through different exercises and meditations, for example walking barefoot or walking in silence, just to name a few. Let’s walk a bit together and experience nature in a conscious way. (Not included in the booking; 12€ p.P.)

Self-Care: This is a 90-minute private class. No matter if it’s back pain or tight shoulders, emotional or life-issues, you name it, we work on it. After we found out on what aspects of your life you want to work, we are going to put together a feel-good-self-care-program just for you. This can include yoga, breath work, meditation, journaling or creating little personal rituals. If we are going to include yoga-asana, then we’re going to also work on your proper alignment in the poses to set a firm base for your home practice. Treat yourself to a personal self-care package that you can take home to your everyday life. (Not included in the booking; 75€)

Accommodation & Booking

The retreat takes place in the Hotel Eder, a 4-star lifestyle and wellness hotel in the center of Maria Alm but at the same time close to nature and placed in the scenery of the Hochkönig area. If you are interested in this retreat and you want some more details, head over to the webpage of the host, Alpin Tours.

Note: I’m not getting any money for recruited guests. I just want to inform you, that there is a cool vacation-retreat-booking and that I will be the lucky one to teach you yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Ready for Summer?

So, that’s it. It would be super cool if we are going to meet at these dates for yoga, nature and a good time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or reach out to me if you have booked this retreat. I’m curious about who is going to come 🙂

May you all have a wonderful summer full of sunshine, love and laughter.

Peace and Love,

Namaste-No-Background

Laura Jane

Rituals, Magic and the Moon

Today is a special day for all those that want to make this year a great year! I’m a strong believer in the power of the moon. For me, it’s not just made up nonsense that people go crazy on full moons. The moon’s influence on the tides is well known and think about it… the moon moves water and our bodies contain a high percentage of fluids, so how could the moon not have an influence on us?

Rituals can be your source of well-being in your everyday life. I’ve got several ones, for example, every evening I note down things for which I am grateful, or I got rituals for special occasions and moon phases. First, it sounds a bit witchy and awkward but let me tell you, even the “witches” back in the days just believed in the power of nature, pacha mama and the cosmic constellations. A ritual can connect you with your true self, give you a sense of peace, wholeness and grounding. It might bring back your trust in life or deepen it and it can create a special framework for you to work on yourself.

This article is going to be about today’s new moon in Capricorn, how you can set up a ritual and why this could help to manifest your dreams into reality.

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The 8 limbs of Yoga – Living Yoga on and off the mat

Yoga. When people hear that word, most of them think of some women in yoga pants doing fancy stretches. Yoga is much more than this. “The 8 limbs of Yoga” is going to be a series that dives deeper into yoga-philosophy, while connecting this philosophy to our every day lives, outlining how we can improve our own well-being and feeling of being happy and at the same time contribute to a happier, more loving world.

Patanjali and the 8 limbs of Yoga

Patanjali, some mysterious indian man/figure, is known as the author of the yogasutra. A collection of verses in which he explains the essence of this ancient practice. What are the goals, what needs to be practiced? Within those sutras, Patanjali also talks about the 8 limbs of yoga, which can be concerned as a guideline to a meaningful, purposeful and peaceful life with the goal of reaching unity. So here is some quick overview what these limbs are.

8 limb pic

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Practice Yoga – Change the World

Introduction – The human rights

To begin this blog, I first would like to take you on a quick journey to the human rights, as they are given by the UN.

If you click on that link above and have a look at this “universal declaration”, as it is called, there are 30 points that should ensure that every “member of the human family” can live in freedom and peace. I will just show you some examples, but most of those rights are not given in this very moment. This doesn’t mean they’re not applying at any place in this world, but most of those rights are unfulfilled for a lot of people in our human family. The universal declaration somehow gets ignored.

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Now I could write a thousands words, about where and where not people are born free and equal in dignity, or starting to question if everyone is equipped with reason and conscience. But just let me say that often we do not act in a spirit of brotherhood with people around us. So in other words, Article 1 of the human rights is violated again and again and again and nobody bats an eye.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Data kraken in apps, data kraken everywhere in the internet and anywhere else too. Collecting data, sometimes even without your permission. And what about the attacks upon ones honour? Downtalk, mobbing, slut shaming, body shaming, just a few topics to name here.

I could do a whole list just with every single one of those 30 points and underline the conditions that proof, that those rights are not given for everyone like they should. Take a look at it and you will see that this declaration isn’t universal at all. I don’t blame the UN for it. I blame humankind for it. To understand this, you should continue to read.

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