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Every month we have a full moon in one of the 12 zodiac signs (Aries through Pisces). A full moon carries a specific energy and theme based on the planetary arrangement in the sky at the exact moment it is fully illuminated. Did you know it's the perfect time to focus on your wellness?
The moon represents your emotional body and subconscious. The part of yourself that you typically keep hidden or buried under your social personality. During the time of a full moon, all of that comes to the surface, asking to be seen. This is why many of you feel extra emotional, or as some say, the crazy comes out. It’s not that you are crazy, but it can be uncomfortable to feel all the feels.
On April 19th, we have a full moon at the last degree (29°) of Libra. Having a full moon at the last degree of a sign means that you will feel a strong urge to finish something, to release the old, and illuminate a new path forward. The sign of Libra, ruled by the planet Venus, is all about creating balance, harmony, and keeping the peace. Whatever is asking to be released is the thing that creates disharmony in your life and makes you feel off-balance.
When you feel off-balance, your wellness suffers. Your ability to make self-care a priority diminishes and your mind and body become disconnected. So, how can you bring harmony back into your life? Below is a guide for each sign on how to best use the energy of this full moon in Libra.
*If you know your exact birth time, please read for both your Sun and Rising sign. Take what resonates with you and applies to your current life situation. If you don’t know your Rising sign, here is a blog to help you find it for free online.
This full moon illuminates your 7th house of partnership and will focus on how you balance yourself with others. Your business or personal relationships may be feeling a little off-balance or restricting your ability to focus on your wellness. How can you make peace with what is and focus on accepting, not only yourself but others as well? Then get out of the house and release some of that fiery energy you’ve got building up inside with a HIIT workout.
This full moon illuminates your 6th house of health and daily routines. This house has wellness written all over it! Your daily life may feel a little unsettled, and as a Taurus, that is not your comfort zone. You like consistency and surrounding yourself with a beautiful environment. Being out of your comfort zone can really affect your self-care. So, your focus will be on creating daily routines and rituals that bring balance back into your life, regardless of where you are. Release the thought pattern of needing to be home to feel at peace. Find it within yourself. Think nature hikes/walks, impromptu hotel room yoga sesh, or creating on-the-go meditation spaces.
This full moon illuminates your 5th house of creative self-expression and pleasure. As the communicators of the zodiac, you have the talent to speak your mind. Where you may get uncomfortable is speaking from the creative power of your inner child. Connect with what brings you joy and share that with others. Don’t overthink; just find pleasure in your ability to be you. Your focus will be to balance your mind and body through creativity, through play, and through movement. Try a workout that focuses on having fun with your body, like a 90’s hip-hop dance class.
This full moon illuminates your 4th house of childhood memories and your emotional foundation. This is the house that is ruled by your sign and your ruler, the moon. You will feel deeply connected to your emotions at this time (even more so than normal). The focus of this full moon will be on finding balance between feeling and being. How can you create peace with the past in order to build your future? Try a yoga class that focuses on deeply rooting into the postures with long holds and slow flow.
This full moon illuminates your 3rd house of learning and communication. Your fiery nature often has you focus your passion on a single activity, giving it your all with unwavering devotion. The full moon is asking you to open your mind to something new so that you may share your experience with others. Is there something you have always wanted to learn more about? This would be the time to take a class and expand your passions. Try a public speaking or writing course to flex those self-expression muscles you’ve got!
This full moon illuminates your 2nd house of values and physical possessions. This house is deeply connected to your environment and physical body as it is ruled by your fellow earth sign, Taurus. The full moon will put the focus on how you nourish your body and your surroundings. Where do you seek security and comfort? Are there possessions or habits that you are holding onto that may need to be released in order to feel balanced? This would be a great time to Marie Kondo your home or office.
This full moon illuminates your 1st house of self-identity and appearance. As the perpetual people pleasers of the zodiac, you often do not take the time to pamper yourself. This full moon is all about you! You are being called to focus on some self-love. Devote time to what makes you feel beautiful and full of life. Schedule a massage, facial, or maybe a hair appointment to change things up a bit.
This full moon illuminates your 12th house of intuition and spirituality. As a water sign, you are naturally connected to your inner world, but often it can be so intense that you choose to distract from it. This full moon is calling for you to explore your subconscious programming and surrender to what comes up for you. To release your fears, you must connect with them. Use this time to dive deeper into your spirituality and learn to trust your intuition. Meditation practice or energy healing would be a great way to start.
This full moon illuminates your 11th house of community and friendship. As a sign that often goes with the flow, this full moon is asking you to find a community or tribe that you want to stick with. Focus on quality, not quantity. Reassess your friendship style so you can attract those connections that you share common hopes and dreams with. This would be a great time to attend more social activities that align with your interests. Let go of those that no longer bring you joy so you can open up to authentic connections.
This full moon illuminates your 10th house of reputation and career. This is the house ruled by your sign and your ruler, Saturn. The focus for you during this full moon will be on how you share your knowledge with the world. As a strong Earth sign, you often take the lead and create highly structured means of accomplishing tasks. This Libra energy will be asking you to step out of your comfort zone and see what it feels like to collaborate. Try something different in your work life so that you can alleviate the stress of doing it all. This would be a good time to collaborate on an event or social media campaign.
This full moon illuminates your 9th house of expansion and growth. The focus will be to seek out impactful experiences. Often times this house is related to long-distance travel and cultural experiences, but I am not saying you need to pull an Elizabeth Gilbert move. Instead, maybe just read her book "Eat. Pray. Love" or any other book that encourages you to expand your horizons. This would also be a good time to try a new restaurant that offers food you have never been exposed to before or start learning a new language.
This full moon illuminates your 8th house of transformation. Ruled by your fellow water sign, Scorpio, this house is emotionally intense. You will feel the desire to transform different aspects of your life, from your resources, to your emotional habits, and even your intimate relationships. Your focus will be on strengthening the bonds you have by connecting on a deeper level. This would be a great time to explore tantric practices or kundalini yoga.
Happy Full Moon vibes everyone!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.