The June Solstice ushers us into a new season: the watery sign of Cancer on July 3rd. This season can make us feel like we're on an emotional roller coaster, with some feelings surfacing from the conscious mind, while others from the subconscious. It’s important to incorporate even just a few moments of meditation daily to help stay detached from our emotions while still being able to witness them in their entirety. It is also important that we feel at home in our bodies and not like a prisoner of our changing moods. Practicing meditation will help you focus your mind and find peace within, even during emotional turmoil. As our shala is closed, you may follow the ritual guide below for your own home practice:
Start in a comfortable seated posture with Moonstone on your left palm. Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breath. Now, can you listen to the sound of your breath without changing it's intonation? Then, allow the texture of your breath to be smooth as you inhale and exhale. Now, allow the depth of your breath to be consistent. Are you breathing in deep and full? Are you breathing out long and smooth?
On your next inhalation, say to yourself, “I am not the body.” The next exhalation, say to yourself, “I am not the mind.” Repeat these sayings with each breath for 15 minutes. Observe the quality of your breath - how it enters and leaves your body, watch them come and go. Once you’ve finished, slowly open your eyes and witness how you feel. You may also journal the experience. Then, smudge with any incense.
The season of Cancer is about learning how to be with yourself and your emotions. It is through this stillness and focus that we grow, manifest our dreams, and develop our intuition. During Cancer season, begin to learn the art of being fully present without the energy of action. It can take years to master this state of being, so be patient with yourself. Find a compromise between being and doing through self-care. Self-care gives us an activity to do, which allows us to be. It enables us to funnel our energy into restoring ourselves and building up our energetic reserves instead of depleting them.
This season, we may harness the energies of the Moonstone to explore our emotions with ease. Moonstone helps us transition from the logical mind, demanding answers, to the intuitive mind that has all of the answers. Use it during your meditation to call in your inner guidance and calm your active mind. You may choose to hold Moonstone during meditation and tune into its calming energies when emotions get overwhelming. You may find Moonstone at the following stores:
545 Orchard Road #16-04
Far East Shopping Centre Singapore 238882
Harmony Gems & Crystals
102F Pasir Panjang Road, Citilink
Warehouse complex #01-05
Qi New Age & Healing
42 Kandahar street
The season of Cancer is a time to settle into ourselves and allow our body to unravel. We often hold suppressed emotions in our muscles and connective tissue which contribute to our feelings of emotional attachment. To allow our emotions to flow freely, we need to release our body and the energy it holds. This season, immerse yourself in a Yin Yoga practice at home, which uses longer holds than a typical yoga practice. In holding postures we are able to fully release into the pose, and allow our body to release fully. Through each pose, focus on your breath and use it to keep your mind centred as your body lets go of tension. Also, it may be useful to have props during this sequence; have support ready in the form of a blanket, bolster and blocks. When we have support physically, or mentally, we are more likely to release and let go of tension. You may adopt the following Yin Yoga sequence with 432Hz on Meditative Mind's channel for your home practice this Cancer New Moon:
Cobblers Pose - 5 minutes
Bring your feet together with your knees out to either side for Cobblers Pose/Baddha Konasana. Prop your hips up on a blanket if needed. You can also place blocks, or books, under your knees for support. Gently fold over your legs and allow your back and neck to relax. If you feel any resistance in any area, try sending your breath there and ask it to open up gently.
One-legged forward fold - 3 minutes each side
Extend your legs out long on the mat. Sit on top of a blanket and take your right foot to the inside of the left leg. Fold over your front leg/Janu Sirsasana. You can have your blocks stacked by your leg to support your forehead as you fold. Allow your spine to round and your head to be heavy. Relax your leg, and let the foot be soft. Breathe here for 3 minutes, allowing your hamstrings to open, sending your breath into this area. Slowly switch sides, giving yourself, and your body, time to unwind in the transition.
One legged Knee to Chest pose - 3 minutes each side
Lay on your back and have your bolster nearby. Place the bolster, or block, under your hips propping you up into a slight backbend. Hug your right knee/Apasana into your chest and stretch your left leg long. Feel an opening in your left hip as you breathe here for 3 minutes. Let go of any tension in your shoulders and your neck. On each exhale, feel your body sink into the floor a bit more. After 3 minutes slowly switch sides.
Bridge Pose (Supported) - 5 minutes
While on your back, bend your knees and have your feet hip-width apart. On the inhale, lift your hips into bridge pose/Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. Place two blocks or pillows under your hips, feeling your entire body supported. Allow yourself to rest fully on the blocks. Have your arms by your side, and place slight pressure on your triceps pressing the floor away slightly to open the chest. Release this pressure and focus solely on your breath for 3 -5 minutes. On each exhale, let go of tension in your neck and shoulders. Once the time is complete, slowly remove the support and set your back down one vertebrate at a time, pausing at the bottom.
Supine Twist - 3 minutes each side
Remain on your back. Hug your left knee into your chest, twisting to the right side/Supta Matsyendrasana. Stretch your right arm out to the side, but keep the neck neutral. Fill your low back with your air as you breathe, releasing more into the twist on each exhale. After 3 minutes, slowly come up and switch sides.
Savasana - 10 minutes
Stretch your legs out towards the corners of the mat. Have your palms face upward in a receptive motion - Moonstone on your left palm. Allow the entire weight of your body to be supported by the floor beneath you as you rest, relax, and restore. Big inhale feel the belly and your chest rise, long exhale feel the belly and chest fall. Now, surrender so you'll able to return to ONENESS...
*Our shala will re-open on July 17th for Capricorn Full Moon Ritual. Book your mat at HOA today!
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA