The moon is responsible for the tidal movements of the waters of the earth. Due to her magnetic pull she creates the waves of the oceans. During the full moon, when the moon is entirely visible to us, her magnetic pull is the strongest and the movements of the waters hightend. During the new moon, the beginning of the lunar cycle, our planet earth, the moon and the sun are perfectly inlined. Here the moon and sun have the same ecliptic longitude, so the sun is hidden by the moon and this makes the lunar disk invisible to our unaided eye. This is when her magnetic pull is at its lowest and the seas become calm and waves are minor.
The human body consits about 70-75% of water, so it easy to understand that the cycles of the moon also affects our body and every living thing on this planet. Try to observe the moon’s cycles and observe the stage of your body and mind during the different cycles…notice the differences.
During the full moon the energy ﬂow is very high and our bodily ﬂuids are not ﬂowing properly. According to the yogic philosophy, the human body or framework is made of ﬁve bodies also called layers, sheets or koshas in Sanskrit. These ﬁve koshas function together to form an integral whole and this is called the pancha kosha. Our third kosha, the pranayama kosha, is our energy body and this layer is made of ﬁve major pranas, known as the panchas : the udana, prana, samana, apana and the vyana. Our Udana, governs our head and neck and harmonizes our limbs and their respective muscles, ligaments and joints, its is responsible for an erect body posture and our sensory awareness and the ability to respond to the outside world, and this prana gets affected by the full moon. The bodily ﬂuids are pulled up towards our head, towards the sky and the moon. This is why some humans and animals become crazy on a full moon day.
And this is why it is not recommended to do a strongs asana practice, our joints are not properly lubricated so we should be careful. It could be dangerous for our joints and we could hurt our physical body.
The new moon on the other hand affect our Apana, governing the abdomen, below the navel, providing energy to the large intestins, kidneys, genitals and rectum. Responsible for the expulsion of waste products and here lies the force that expels the breath.
These days are more spiritual and we should go for a grounding, restorative practice, meditate more and focus on pranayamas like Ujjayi breath, Nadi Shodana, Anulom Vilom, Sitali, Sitari and chanting OM and mantras.