Good morning and welcome to the best day of your life! This is how I greet myself each day when I wake - with a smile on my face, a fresh and positive outlook and the utmost gratitude in my heart to be alive and breathing on this beautiful planet. Today is particularly special - it's the first day of the new moon which occurred last night in the balanced sign of Libra.
New Moon is a powerful time for setting intentions and committing to a new rhythm of life for the moon cycle to come. Perhaps there were some things that did not serve you last month - negative habits, poor food choices, destructive thought patterns. New moon is a fresh opportunity for us to clear those habits, choices and thoughts and replace them with healthy, uplifting ones.
I began my morning teaching a private yoga session at a beautiful house on the North Shore of Kauai. We flowed gracefully from asana to asana, diving into our breath and allowing our bodies to open and release. As we rested in savasana (corpse pose) and surrendered the weight of our bodies to the earth, the birds sang and the morning sunlight began to pour into the room. We sat up and faced one another with our hands in prayer, and then bowed our heads and took a moment to set our new moon intentions. It's in these moments of inner reflection and stillness that I often have my biggest breakthroughs in my practice and ultimately, in life. Today was one of those days. I turned within and listened as my inner voice began to speak.
"Today I embrace a brand new me - a productive and balanced being. I choose to experience the most productive month of my life, beginning now. I harness my creativity and inspiration and look forward to bringing this energy to my work, my passion and vision with consistency and care. I honor my body temple, and I'm excited to continue to make great choices in the way I nourish and move my body. Let my actions and thoughts reflect my balanced emotional state and the pureness of my heart. Mahalo ke akua (thank you Great Spirit)."
And we closed our session, bowing to one another, honoring the light within ourselves reflected by the light in each another. "Namaste."
On this brand new day I invite you to set your own intentions for the cycle ahead and begin your life anew in some way. Commit to being the best version of yourself. Make a small change. Eat something healthy. Drink a green juice. Go for a jog. Do some jumping jacks. Write in a journal. Take a bath. Look in the mirror and tell yourself a loving affirmation. It's the small changes that create big waves and massive transformation in our lives, so why start somewhere?
I wish you a joyful and powerful New Moon and send you my love and blessings.
Mahalo Nui Loa. Namaste.