The Moon Has Your Back: Ayurvedic Full Moon Practices for Women’s Vitality

Self-Discovery with Ayurveda

Written by Heather Burkart

My mission is to empower women with a natural, holistic approach to support health so you can be strong, vibrant, and content. My focus is on your whole well being including mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Are you looking for a way to increase your overall health, energy, and mood? Ayurveda, an ancient form of natural healing, offers full moon practices to help women sustain their well-being. The full moon is said to provide powerful energy, making it a great time to take advantage of the unique benefits of Ayurveda. In this blog post, we’ll look at how you can use Ayurvedic full moon practices to bring balance and harmony into your life. Read on to learn more about the incredible power of the moon and how you can use it to your advantage.

Understanding the Full Moon & Ayurveda: What Does the Full Moon Have To Do With Energy?

Ayurveda, one of the oldest holistic traditions still practiced today, understands that a monthly ritual of rejuvenation and renewal is important to a woman’s health and well-being. Not just physical health, but emotional and spiritual health as well.

The full moon has long been revered for its powerful energy and influence on our emotions and well-being. In Ayurveda, the full moon is considered a time of heightened energy and connection. It is believed that during this phase, the energy of the moon amplifies our thoughts, emotions, and intentions. If we can tune into them, we can help direct the energy where it is best served. This is a great time for action and getting things done, starting new projects, etc.

Ayurveda teaches us that we are intimately connected to nature and the cycles of the moon. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, our bodies and minds also go through cycles of growth, release, and renewal. By aligning ourselves with the energy of the full moon, we can tap into its healing and transformative power.

Before, during, and directly after the Full Moon, Ayurveda encourages energetic practices like yoga, fitness, being outdoors, being social, etc. It’s a wonderful time for women to gather and celebrate our connectedness with nature’s energy and with each other.

On the other hand, Ayurveda encourages practices that promote introspection, journaling, yoga, meditation, and restorative practices around and on the New Moon. These practices help us to connect with ourselves on a deeper level, gaining insights into our thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior.

Benefits of Full Moon Practices for Women

The full moon is not just a beautiful celestial phenomenon; it also holds incredible benefits for women’s health and well-being. By engaging in full moon practices rooted in Ayurveda, women can experience a range of positive effects on their overall vitality and mood.

One of the key benefits of full moon practices for women is the opportunity for introspection. During this phase, the heightened energy of the moon allows us to dive deep within ourselves and gain insights into our thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior. Through journaling and self-reflection, we can uncover hidden truths and develop a deeper understanding of ourselves.

Additionally, full moon practices often involve restorative practices such as yoga and meditation. These gentle exercises allow us to slow down and reconnect with our bodies, promoting relaxation and stress reduction. By carving out time for rest and restoration during the full moon, women can rejuvenate their energy and find balance in their daily lives.

Connecting with the Moon: Creating a Sacred Space

In order to fully harness the energy of the full moon, it is important to create a sacred space where you can connect with the moon’s powerful energy. This space should be quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions. Choose a location in your home where you can sit or lie down comfortably and feel a sense of peace and tranquility.

Begin by clearing the space of any clutter or negative energy. You can do this by smudging the area with sage or palo santo, or by using crystals or essential oils that resonate with the energy of the moon. As you cleanse the space, set the intention that this space is sacred and dedicated to connecting with the moon’s energy.

Next, create an altar or sacred space where you can place objects that are meaningful to you and represent the energy of the moon. This could include items such as crystals, moon symbols, candles, or plants. Arrange these objects in a way that feels harmonious and brings a sense of peace and connection.

Once your sacred space is created, take a moment to center yourself and set your intention for connecting with the moon. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize the moon’s radiant light filling your body and surroundings. Allow yourself to fully immerse in the energy of the moon and feel its power and healing presence.

Full Moon Yoga Practice for Women

If you’re a yoga practitioner looking to enhance your practice and tap into the powerful energy of the full moon, we have just the thing for you. Incorporating a full moon yoga practice into your routine can help you feel more grounded, balanced, and connected to yourself and the world around you.

During the full moon, the energy is said to be heightened, making it the perfect time to deepen your yoga practice and take it to new heights. Begin by finding a quiet and comfortable space where you can practice undisturbed. As you step onto your mat, take a moment to set your intention for the practice. Maybe you want to release any negative energy or emotions that have been weighing you down, or perhaps you want to cultivate a sense of peace and harmony within yourself.

Start with some gentle warm-up poses to awaken your body and bring awareness to your breath. Move through a gentle series of sun salutations to build heat and energize your entire being. As you flow through the poses, pay attention to any sensations or emotions that arise, allowing them to come and go without judgment.

For a New Moon practice, incorporate moon salutations into your sequence. These poses are specifically designed to honor the moon and its energy, helping you to connect more deeply with yourself and the universe. As you move through the poses, imagine the moon’s soft, radiant light washing over you, filling you with tranquility and serenity.

Finish your practice with a calming and restorative pose, such as child’s pose or savasana, to allow your body and mind to fully relax and integrate the benefits of your practice. Take a few moments of stillness and gratitude before slowly coming back to the present moment.

Breathwork and Meditation to Connect with the Moon

During the full moon, the energy is at its peak, making it an ideal time to harness its power through breathwork and meditation. These practices can help you connect more deeply with the moon’s energy and bring a sense of calm and tranquility into your life.

To begin, find a comfortable position and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling slowly through your mouth. As you continue to breathe deeply, imagine the moon’s soft, radiant light filling your body with each inhale, and imagine releasing any tension or negativity with each exhale.

Next, focus your attention on your breath. Pay attention to the sensation of the breath entering and leaving your body. As you breathe in, imagine that you are inhaling the moon’s healing energy, and as you breathe out, imagine releasing any stress or negativity that you may be holding onto.

As you continue to focus on your breath, allow your mind to become quiet and still. If thoughts or distractions arise, gently bring your attention back to your breath. Imagine that with each breath, you are connecting more deeply with the moon’s energy and aligning yourself with its calming and healing presence.

After a few minutes of breathwork, transition into a meditation practice. You can choose to focus on a specific intention or simply allow your mind to become still and present in the moment. Visualize yourself bathed in the moon’s soft light, and allow yourself to fully embrace its healing and transformative energy.

As you come to the end of your meditation, take a moment to express gratitude for the moon’s energy and for the opportunity to connect with it. Slowly bring your awareness back to your surroundings and open your eyes, feeling refreshed, grounded, and connected to the moon’s energy.

The pranayama practice of Nadi Shodhana can strengthen intuition and introspection for the New or Full Moon. It can give a good energy boost and clear the mind. For the Full Moon, you can work with the right nostril that is warming and connected with the Sun and the Divine Masculine. For the New Moon, try working with the left nostril that is cooling and connected with the Divine Feminine.

Ayurvedic Self-Care Practices During the Full Moon

During the full moon, it is important to prioritize self-care practices that align with Ayurvedic principles to support your overall well-being. Ayurveda teaches us that self-care is essential for maintaining balance and harmony in our lives. Here are some Ayurvedic self-care practices that you can incorporate during the full moon to enhance your health and vitality.

1. Abhyanga: Start your day with abhyanga, which is the Ayurvedic self-massage using warm oil. This practice helps nourish and hydrate your skin, promotes circulation, and calms your nervous system. Use a gentle, soothing oil like sesame or coconut and massage it onto your body in long, sweeping motions. This will not only provide physical benefits but also help ground and center your energy. Personally, I love to use Bhringaraj oil. It’s soothing and calming and good for all body types.

2. Herbal Baths: Take a relaxing herbal bath during the full moon to cleanse and rejuvenate your body. Add herbs such as lavender, chamomile, or rose petals to warm water and soak for 20-30 minutes. This will help soothe your muscles, relieve tension, and promote deep relaxation.

3. Mindful Eating: During the full moon, focus on nourishing your body with wholesome and balanced meals. Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nourishing fats into your diet. Take the time to chew your food thoroughly and savor each bite. This will support healthy digestion and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

Nourishing Foods for Full Moon Vitality

During the full moon, it’s important to focus on nourishing your body with foods that support your vitality and well-being. Ayurveda teaches us that food is not only fuel for our bodies but also a way to connect with nature and promote balance. By choosing the right foods during the full moon, you can enhance your energy levels and support your overall health.

To increase your vitality during the full moon, incorporate foods that are grounding and nourishing. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets are excellent choices as they provide essential nutrients and help stabilize your energy. Additionally, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice provide sustained energy and support digestion.

Incorporating healthy fats into your diet is also important for full moon vitality. Foods like avocados, nuts, and seeds provide essential fatty acids that nourish your body and promote brain health. Including healthy fats like ghee or coconut oil can further enhance your overall well-being.

Lastly, remember to stay hydrated during the full moon. Drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, and infusions will keep your body and mind balanced and support detoxification.

Importance of Restful Sleep During The Full Moon For Rejuvenation

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for overall health and well-being, but during the full moon, many women struggle with restful sleep. The heightened energy and intensity of the moon can disrupt our sleep patterns and leave us feeling restless and tired the next day.

During the full moon, our bodies are more sensitive and reactive to external influences, making it important to prioritize restful sleep. Restorative sleep allows our bodies to heal, rejuvenate, and restore balance, and it is essential for maintaining optimal health.

To ensure a restful night’s sleep during the full moon, here are a few tips:

1. Create a calming bedtime routine: Establish a routine that helps you unwind and relax before bed. This could include reading a book, taking a warm bath, practicing gentle stretches, or listening to soothing music. By consistently following a bedtime routine, you signal to your body that it is time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

Before bed, you might like to massage your feet with a natural oil that’s been warmed in your hands. Personally, I like to use Sleep Easy oil, which is infused with calming and soothing herbs. A favorite among my children and clients, too!

2. Create a sleep-friendly environment: Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. Consider using blackout curtains, earplugs, or a white noise machine to create a peaceful atmosphere. Remove any electronic devices from your bedroom and limit exposure to blue light in the evening, as it can disrupt sleep patterns.

3. Practice relaxation techniques: Engage in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation before bed. These practices can help calm the mind and body, promoting a night of more restful and rejuvenating sleep.

4. Prioritize sleep hygiene: Establish consistent sleep and wake times, even on weekends. Avoid stimulating activities and heavy meals close to bedtime. Instead, opt for a light snack or herbal tea that promotes relaxation.

Full Moon Journaling and Intention Setting

Journaling and setting intentions during the full moon is a powerful practice that can deepen your connection with the moon’s energy and help you manifest your desires. Taking the time to reflect on your thoughts, emotions, and experiences during this phase can bring clarity, insight, and transformation to your life.

To begin your lunar journaling practice, find a quiet and peaceful space where you can sit comfortably with your journal and pen. Take a few deep breaths to center yourself and invite in a sense of calm and presence. As you prepare to journal, set the intention to connect with the moon’s energy and receive guidance and wisdom.

Start by writing down any thoughts or emotions that are present for you at this time. Allow yourself to express whatever comes up without judgment or censorship. This is your sacred space to release and explore your inner world. You may find it helpful to write in a free-flowing stream-of-consciousness style or to respond to specific journal prompts that resonate with you.

Once you have acknowledged your thoughts and emotions, shift your focus to setting intentions for the upcoming lunar cycle. Consider what you would like to manifest or bring into your life during this time. What goals or aspirations do you have? What qualities or energies do you want to cultivate? Write these intentions down, being as specific and heartfelt as possible. Visualize yourself already embodying these intentions and feel the excitement and joy they bring.

Completing your lunar journaling and intention-setting practice, take a moment to express gratitude for the opportunity to connect with the moon’s energy and for the insights and clarity you have received. Close your journal and place it in a special spot where you can return to it throughout the lunar cycle to track your progress and revisit your intentions.

Harnessing the Energy of the Full Moon Cycle for Increased Well-being and Health

The full moon cycle holds a wealth of transformative energy that can be harnessed for increased well-being and health. By aligning ourselves with the cycles of the moon and incorporating Ayurvedic practices, we can tap into this powerful energy and experience profound shifts in our physical and emotional health.

Throughout the full moon cycle, it is important to engage in practices that promote self-care, self-reflection, and self-connection. This may include practices such as journaling, yoga, meditation, breathwork, and Ayurvedic rituals. By dedicating time to these practices, we create space for healing, growth, and transformation.

During the waxing phase of the moon, when its energy is building, focus on setting intentions and taking inspired action toward your goals. This is a time of growth and expansion, and by harnessing this energy, you can make significant progress in your health and well-being journey.

As the New moon approaches, take time to reflect on your journey and release anything that no longer serves you. This is a time of letting go of what no longer serves you, you make room for new opportunities and experiences.

During the waning phase of the moon, as its energy begins to decrease, focus on rest and restoration. This is a time to nourish your body, mind, and spirit, and allow yourself to recharge. Incorporate practices such as restorative yoga, meditation, and self-care rituals to support this process.

Embracing the lunar energy cycle of increase and decrease compassionately supports a woman’s sense of wellness throughout the month and the entire year. We simply can’t go-go all the time. This is the rhythm of nature, including the seasons, that we are inherently connected to.

Practitioner Support To Personalize Your Full Moon Practices

Want to learn more and get more support and guidance? If you’d like to work with an Ayurvedic practitioner to personalize your Full Moon practices who specializes in women’s wellness, get in touch below to book a free Discovery Call with me.

Check out my new Balanced Cycle Online Course on the Her Well Being website.

Heather R. Burkart

Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner

Founder, Her Well Being Ayurveda & Yoga

Please be advised that the content on this website is for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a medical professional.

Heather R. Burkart

Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner

Founder, Her Well Being Ayurveda & Yoga

Please be advised that the content on this website is for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a medical professional.

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