Connect with nature in it’s purest form during a Primitive Trail which incorporates yoga and meditation (twice daily) over Full Moon.
Our practice will embody the elements of the moon and the sun inviting us to share their wisdom and magic through our bodies. Practicing with a focus on these elements helps us get in touch and to feel the warmth and radiance of our own inner light – to align with the Sun and Moon and find the balance we all seek.
The Full Moon is a time to release what no longer serves us, inviting an expansion of our minds and bodies. Many traditional cultures revere the moon as a manifestation of the divine feminine force in nature. According to hatha yoga (Ha- tha means sun and moon respectively in Sanskrit) this force also resides within us. Whereas solar energy is warm, active, and outwardly oriented, lunar energy is cool, receptive, and inwardly focused. The aim of hatha yoga (the physical practice) is to balance our lunar and solar energies. Modern society typically encourages our solar, more masculine impulses, often directing us to pursue worldly achievement rather than inner awareness. Our asana practice also tends to reflect a bias for the solar, emphasising sun salutations and heating practices in the interest of physical fitness. This all works well providing there is balance. If the divine lunar force could speak, it might remind us to “chill out before we burn out.” The moon as a feminine motherly force can teach us to slow down and on a regular basis, listen to our own needs and be receptive to change. Where better to do this than deep within our most fundamental natural environment!
A tailored yoga practice therefore helps to release tension stored in the subtle, energetic body, so that you can open yourself up to receive. An asana practice based around the full moon sets the stage for blossoming and full expression. With regular practice and attention, the effect of the moon energy and lunar cycle and the subtle changes it invokes can be felt within the body. One theory is that because the body consists mainly of water, you are affected, like the ocean’s tides, by the moon. On full-moon days the pull of the moon is so strong that your prana (life force) moves upward, leaving you feeling headstrong and liable to push yourself beyond your limits. On new-moon days, the pull of the moon is so diminished that you find yourself lacking motivation. Our yoga practice should seek to balance out these extremes.
Join Lowveld Trails Co. and Catherine Harper-Tee on one of our unique and very popular ‘Primitive Yoga Trails’ in 2019. Trails are scheduled as follows;
- 11 to 14 October
Spaces are limited so book now by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org