Shakti is energy, the feminine principle, creative power and divine abundance. Shakti energy is within everything. This energy is the force that evolves consciousness and illuminates your true path (dharma). Shakti-prana is your inherent life-force, this energy circulates around the area of the womb protecting and supporting the reproductive organs. This life-force is always within you. If your womb or any reproductive organ has been removed the energy of Shakti-prana is still there representing and nurturing the energy of that organ. Through Sadhana (ritual) we can reclaim our sacred feminine so we can influence and evoke healing to our families, children and men.
Vedic seers believe and share Shakti-prana is linked to the lunar cycle. The waters of the womb are as linked to the moon as the waters of the tides in the oceans.
The use of contraception, antibiotics, hormone therapy and poor diet disrupt our inner rhythms causing our menstral cycles to shift out of sequence with the moon. This impairs the flow of Shakti-prana leaving us susceptible to “dis-ease”.
Menstruating with the new moon is a practice for recovering female health.
Just like the moon, women’s cycles have four phases each month. The quality of each menstrual phase corresponds with the energy of a moon phase. Although they don’t always sync up, knowing which phase you’re in can help you with everything from which foods to eat, what kind of romance and sex you’ll crave and how productive you’ll be.
The four phases are:
1. Menstrual (new moon): Take initiative, prepare for action
2. Follicular (waxing moon): Begin taking action, initiate creative projects
3. Ovulation (full moon): Speak up, collaborate and shine.
4.Luteal (waning moon): Complete tasks, stay focused, finish projects
How to Sync Your Cycle to the Moon
1. Spend time in Nature
If your cycle is fluctuating in length hugely from period to period then it may also be the result of your environment, the use of contraceptions, antibiotics, hormone therapy and chemical alterations in food and cleaning supplies. This disrupts our inner rhythms causing our menstrual cycle to shift out of sequence with the moon. This impairs the flow of Shakti-prana and can leave us susceptible to dis-ease –It could be because you’re not getting enough good sleep due to a bright or noisy setting and it could be down to your disconnect from stress-relieving, calming Nature as a whole. Moon bathe!
2. Improve your relationship to light and dark by adding Sadhana – ritual
Part of how our cycles can sync to the moon is through our exposure to light and dark as it changes throughout the lunar month – at the New Moon we’re supposed to be sleeping in darkness and at the Full Moon the night sky should be lit up with moonlight. We are not as exposed to the direct light and darkness of the moon phases as we once were. Disruption to our sleep patterns frequent waking up during the night throws off the hormone melatonin, which happens to be linked directly to ovulation regulation and therefore cycle regulation.
To become more aware of the moon’s phases and have the best chance of reconnecting and syncing your cycle to its changes, download a lunar phase calendar or use an app like MyMoontime – take a look every evening to see where the moon is that night in its cycle and then try to spend some time in view of the moon either meditating, reading, or just resting.
Let’s connect and make a time to yoga in the full moon and at the new moon! I’m so down. Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea Ritual: If you have just 15 minutes
If I have just a little time to spare, I’ll sit down for a quiet moment and perform a tea ritual. Make a hormone-balancing cup of raspberry leaf tea with nettle. Or make a batch of golden milk. Make this ritual meditative add loving kindness to your ingredients. Plus, you know you’re taking care of yourself in choosing to do this – that feels good. Golden milk is the ultimate hormone-balancing concoction, and it’s also warming, soothing, and delicious.
Golden Milk Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk (canned is best, but carton works too)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond, sunflower or cashew milk (DIY or store-bought)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (see notes for fresh*)
- 1 whole cinnamon stick (or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon // I prefer the stick!)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- Sweetener of choice (i.e. maple syrup, coconut sugar, or stevia to taste)
- In a small saucepan, add coconut milk, almond milk, ground turmeric, ground ginger, cinnamon stick, coconut oil, black pepper, and sweetener of choice (I usually add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup // amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
- Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling – about 4 minutes – whisking frequently.
- Turn off heat and taste to adjust flavor. Add more sweetener to taste or more turmeric or ginger for intense spice + flavor.
- Serve immediately, dividing between two glasses and leaving the cinnamon stick behind. Best when fresh, though leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until hot.
Honor your Body Ritual: If you have 30 minutes
If I have a little more time during my period I will hold space for a more meditative, self-care centered ritual. I’ll take a nice hot, long shower followed by a cold rinse and use my favorite facial and body scrubs to cleanse. This makes me feel refreshed and ready to meditate in the full moon.
Meditation Ritual: If you have even just 5 minutes
Light a candle and get comfortable in a cozy room, then hold a favorite crystal bloodstone or tiger’s eye are clearing, grounding and blood-tonifying crystals, perfect for the menstrual phase.
Breathe deeply for a few moments. I incorporate Nadi Shodhana. (see below) I’ll meditate, stay still and quiet, and listen. My intention is to connect with my soul and what it needs right now. My intuition is powerful at this time. As I listen, I’ll make notes of any thoughts that may arise in my mind that I feel I need to pay attention to in my journal. TI will journal and investigate maternal intuition and trust my divine feminine.
Nadi Shodhana Practice
Next time you find yourself doing too many things at once, or you sense panic or anxiety begin to rise, move through a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing. It’s a great way to hit the reset button for your mental state.
- Take a comfortable and tall seat, making sure your spine is straight and your heart is open.
- Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.
- With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. The fingers we’ll be actively using are the thumb and ring finger.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.
- Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.
- Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.
- Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.
- Inhale through the right side slowly.
- Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).
- Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.
- Repeat 5-10 cycles, allowing your mind to follow your inhales and exhales.
Steps 5-9 represent one complete cycle of alternate nostril breathing. If you’re moving through the sequence slowly, one cycle should take you about 30-40 seconds. Move through 5-10 cycles when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or in need of a reset button.
New Moon Ritual
Activate solar breath 3-5 days before your flow begins. Lie on your left side close the left nostril and slowly inhale and exhale through the right nostril. Do this for 5 minutes a day.
3. Reconnecting and Nurture your body
As long as you’re having a healthy cycle that is consistent for YOU – this is what matters. Monitoring your period and cycle for length, looking at the color and consistency of your bleeding, and tracking any symptoms you experience – from PMS to bloating to acne – is more important to your health than syncing with the moon. It’s from this place that you can start to solve and move past your period problems. Your period should and can be regular and predictable. If it is not we can talk more about that email Kim email@example.com or my goddess friend Lauren firstname.lastname@example.org
Your body is a mirror, whether or not your period comes with the full moon or the new moon. You don’t need to be bleeding with the new moon to reconnect with Nature, but connecting with the natural environment will have a positive impact on your health – including getting your cycle to be more regular, predictable and symptom-free. Your cycle is magical, regardless of any moon connection you might experience. Your cycle can work magic for you, if you support it with hormone-friendly foods and a hormonally-supportive way of living. Again any questions I am available.
4. Journal and explore the relationship with your maternal forbearers . We carry the entire cosmic maternal healing within our intuition. Journal and reclaim your maternal intuition and relationship with cosmic healing through maternal energy and chanting to Deities. (see below for which deities and when their energy is with you.
More about the Moon and where your cycle falls:
Waxing moon represents new beginnings and growth. New ideas are being planted. New processes are coming into play. New experiences and events are within reach. The energy of the waxing moon menstruation is inwards and self-nourishing. It’s time to think, to learn, to read, and to plan. During this time, you might be open to important learning, to receive knowledge, to set intentions, and to make new plans. The goddess associated with the waxing moon is Persephone, a virgin goddess who walked the path to the underworld and was initiated into womanly bleeding. She’s the guardian of the crescent moon menstruation.
The full moon represents fire, abundance, power and vitality. It’s time to claim one’s own power, make decisions, work changes, and bring something into being. The energy of full moon menstruation is outward, world-nourishing. Feasts and celebration go well with full moon bleeding. The transformational quality of the fire energy makes it an ideal time to learn to transform negative energies into positive ones: rage into creative action, belly cramps into sensuousness. Ishtar, the Red Goddess of Babylon is the guardian of this menstrual fire.
The waning moon represents maturity and harvest. It’s time for persistence, for making reality out of the visions and impulses. The energy of waning moon bleeding is outward, world nourishing. It’s time to tend the blooms of the full moon energy, and to make your vision a reality. It takes persistence, patience, and hard work. But the harvest is within reach if you do. The goddess of this time, Demeter, a mother goddess is responsible for the cycles of life on earth, letting the fruits and grains ripen for harvest, in preparation for the next cycle when she’ll withdraw to tend to her own nourishment, letting the earth become barren while she mourns for her daughter.
The new moon represents the dark and mysterious power of the deep. Existing structures have fulfilled their purposes, and need to be destructed, or reconstructed to make room for the new.
The energy of new moon bleeding is inwards, self-nourishing. During this time, anxieties, memories, and experiences may rise up, eager to be dealt with. It’s a good time to take stock, and to draw conclusions from them. New moon menstruation is a strong time of healing and renewal. The goddess of this time is Hecate, the woman at the joining of three roads, the guardian of mysteries and knowledge, the reaper, the dark one, the crone.
1. Begin to track your menstrual cycle.
Observe how it relates to the moon cycle. Do you ovulate on the full moon and menstruate on the new moon? Or it’s something different. Don’t judge. Simple observe how you feel during each cycle, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
2. Inquire further.
If you want to learn more about the magical connection between the moon cycles and the menstrual cycles great reads –
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant | Her Blood is Gold by Lara Owen
Moon Time: Harness the ever-changing energy of your menstrual cycle | Lucy Pearce
Lunar Abundance | Ezzie Spencer
3. Sync your menstrual cycle with the moon cycle.
4. Connect with the Mother Earth.
Honor your menstrual cycles by starting to use natural feminine products organic or reusable. It’ll help you to stay connected with your body and the Mother Earth.
5. Connect, say connected. Find your people, your Sangha.