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Restorative Practices for the New Moon

Updated: May 18, 2023


The new moon is a time of rest and an opportunity to reset and refocus on our intentions. Being in tune with nature is one of the most significant ways to reconnect and feel more flow in our lives. As the new moon approaches, you might notice that your body is craving more rest and alone time. It’s important to honor this time in the moon’s cycle to care for ourselves by releasing and creating space for all the new things we would like to cultivate in the season ahead. Below are some ideas on how to seamlessly flow and connect with this energy as well as help shift your focus toward your new intentions.



Writing/Journaling: Reflect, Release & Set Intentions


Below are some prompts if you would like a little more structure in your reflections:


What am I ready to let go of?


What intentions would I like to set for the season ahead?


Meditation - be open to all the different ways you can tune into your inner experience. You can try walking meditation or even journaling as a way of connecting.


Restorative & Yin Yoga practices - This phase calls for gentle movement practices. Doing a full practice is great, but even picking a couple poses can be very beneficial. Remember even doing a few minutes is better than nothing at all when it comes to balancing our nervous system!


Here are some of my personal favorites:


Banana asana


Constructive Rest


Fish pose


Legs up the chair/wall


Breathwork: Try Left Nostril Breathing - You simply breath in and out through your left nostril, while blocking off your right nostril with your index finger and thumb. This exercise stimulates the ida nadi (energy channel) that helps to calm our nervous system. This is a great practice to do before meditation or yoga to help balance the nervous system.


Rest & Listen: Allow yourself a moment to tune into your own needs going forward. What is your body craving? What activities are draining and which ones give you renewed strength and energy? How can you find more balance between them?


Seasonal Connection: As we move towards the Spring season which is defined by growth and getting back out there after Winter hibernation; let's take a moment ask ourselves how we can use this last period of rest before the new cycle to cultivate more space & set new intentions.


I hope these practices help you to connect with yourself and the new moon energy and allow you to release and refocus on your intentions for the season ahead.


If you are looking for a structured practice, join me for Heart Centered Yoga & Reiki Class this Sunday, May 21st at 4:00pm in person or via livestream. This class is for all levels. Link to sign up: www.vagaro.com/solefulbeginnings








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