My first Full Moon Yoga experience was last March up at the North Deck: a cantilevered observation platform which extends out from a ridge high over our rain forest. It is an amazing tree canopy which eventually makes its way down to the sea on the north coast of Trinidad.
It was my first time up at the North Deck, and despite the fact that the yoga session took place at night and the Caribbean Sea was not visible below, it was magical being up there. I’ve always felt affected by the moon… It’s simple logic to me, really: I’m made up of more than 60 per cent water, so why wouldn’t the moon have some sort of effect on me as it has on every body of water on the planet? (Unfortunately, a few days before the full moon, I’m unusually temperamental, but that’s a story for another day.)
“The Moon is believed to represent our intuition, mind, emotions, creativity, sensitivity, and the great feminine power. The Full Moon brings closure, death (to a situation or feeling), change, rebirth, and manifestation. It is a time where we can reflect on those things that no longer serve and give ourselves honour and nourishment in releasing them. The Moon corresponds to the element water and invites us to remember our connection to the oceans held within earth, as well as the oceans of water contained within our own bodies. Water invites movement, flow, a breaking through of built up physical, energetic, and emotional resistance. Water is the element that soothes and calms through steady, cool dissolve.”
It is believed that the full moon day can bring spiritual clarity and inspiration from the divine. The gates to true knowledge are opened within our hearts and we have the greatest opportunity to achieve peace and absolute freedom. I was especially hoping for this to be true that night, as I really needed some clarity after a doozy of a weekend.
I had done some research about the power of this particular full moon and was ready to release what no longer served me and was weighing me down, to take responsibility for what had happened in my life and what was happening (good and bad), and to review and rejuvenate my relationship with myself and with others. The full moon is a time of illumination, and I was ready to draw upon the clarity that comes from introspection, even if uncomfortable truths were revealed. I was going to let them be a catalyst for change.
The yoga practice was vinyasa flow, a version I had never tried before, and I hadn’t actually practised my yoga in months. I was a bit concerned that I would not hold my own but it was amazing: my body just took over and fell right into it. After an hour or so, we were all lying on our mats resting, listening to the music of Solman, and letting the energies do their work, so I started reviewing what I had planned.
Staring up at the moon through the canopy of branches and leaves above me, I let go of hurt, anger, doubt, fear, insecurity, and feelings of unworthiness. Then I invited love, faith, hope, and clarity into my life. The wind started to blow as I watched the branches above us dance, and suddenly I felt a gentle breeze on my face and leaves tumbled down all around us. I reflexively clutched the large leaf that landed on my tummy, as my tears flowed. I felt heard, connected and loved. It was an amazing experience. One I hope to carry with me to the next full moon.