The new moon is coming up on December 22 and our yoga teacher training program is just around the corner. New moons are an ideal time for turning toward our quiet center and aligning heart and mind in the direction of our deepest intentions. Whereas many people think of January 1 as the right time for setting new intentions; a nature-oriented approach takes the velvety dark night of the new moon as the optimal time for contemplating new year’s intentions.
As we prepare to embark on this mystical journey of a yoga teacher training together, let’s each set the compass of our hearts toward our highest intentions. On this new moon: What unique gifts are you meant to share with the world? What quality or qualities can you cultivate in the month or months ahead to better express your true self?
Our yoga practice and the mindful attention we bring to our time together will create a container wherein we gather the energy of tapas, or willpower. Yogic wisdom (and personal experience) teaches that this tapas will transform not only our actions but also the result of those actions, our karmic footprint, so to speak.
This year, in 2015, our opening ceremony coincides with the full moon. The full moon is the time when your intentions, set during the new moon, begin to bear fruit. It’s an illuminating time (both literally and metaphorically) to bring your unique gifts into the light.
Even if you don’t believe in the difference a full or a new moon can make on intention and action, there’s an undeniable delight to witnessing the full yellow moon rise over the jungle behind Pavones Yoga Center. On a clear night, the full moon shines so brightly that it casts shadows on the earth.
Our time together will unearth many treasures for the soul, and I look forward to unpacking these little jewels of the heart with each of you.
Through the light in you, I see the light in me….