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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!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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