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Moons and stars are one of the many wonders of the universe. The sun, moon and earth are necessary to the survival of living beings on this planet. The sun gives intensified light and heat that makes the living beings active and showers calmness and serenity through the moon. A full moon exudes a beautiful cooling light with a silvery aura and gravitationally influence the earth.
Water surrounds 3/4th part of the earth and the moon governs not only the water bodies on earth but also human bodies. Up to 60% of the human adult body is composed of water. The brain and heart contain 73%, the lungs are about 83%, the skin contains 64%, muscles and kidneys are 79%, bones contain 31% and the plasma in blood contains 92% of water. The moon influences human physiology, body and mind. A full moon gives positive effects like heightened energy, receptivity and strength and can also manifest in the overflow of emotions, erratic behaviour and overheated conversations, bringing with them physical and emotional tension.
In this article, let's see the full moon routine that helps to harness the moon power. It is a monthly routine that can be practised irrespective of any religion and culture to align with the moon’s energy and enhance the connection to the lunar cycle that helps to release tension and rejuvenate. It is to be treated as a routine but not as a ritual and can be practised on every full moon depending on the seasons.
A list of foods to be consumed on a full moon night is also given as a bonus in this article.
Where to start the routine?
Select a place in your home where you will be able to receive the full moon rays abundantly and with no disturbances or distractions. It can be a balcony, terrace, rooftop, garden, backyard and bedroom.
When to start the routine?
- The routine starts at the time of the rise of a full moon in the sky and ends one or two hours after the moonlight shines brightly overhead (at midnight).
- For example, if the moon rises at 6.30 PM in your region, it is the starting time. The rising moon should be visible in the sky and let’s say at 11.00 PM, the full moon is directly overhead. You can end the routine at 12.00 or 1.00 PM because you should spend at least one hour in the moonlight when it is at its peak. The duration of the whole routine is 6 to 7 hours but it is your choice how many hours you want to bask in the cool moonlight.
Prepping before the routine
1. Selection of the place:
Select the place where you want to start the routine depending on whether you want to start individually or with your buddies like family, partner or friends.
2. Healthy surroundings:
- Clean the place free of clutter and dirt. A clean place is a healthy place.
- If it is indoors, make sure that the windows are wide open so that the moon rays shower into the place.
- Freshen up the place with some natural and pleasant scents and sprays enough to set a pleasant mood before starting the routine. Take care not to use excessive scents or candles which pollutes the natural air.
- Natural products: sandalwood incense, aromatic candles, naturally made room sprays like rose water, jasmine, lavender or lily scented water, lemon and basil spray, orange, cinnamon and cloves spray.
3. Be ready:
- If possible have a good sleep and rest for a couple of hours in the day as the full routine lasts late at night and it should not be started with a tired body and mind.
- Based on the number of people in the routine (single, partners or group), plan accommodations like food, setting, seating arrangements, mats, cushions, chairs etc.
- Abstain from alcohol and smoking as the routine is for good health and mind.
- Plan a light and healthy homemade meal. Avoid outside, junk food, heavy meats and non-vegetarian foods if possible.
Foods for Full Moon
Some particular foods, vegetables and fruits are suitable for the moon routine but not all foods. Given below is the list:
- Simple kichadi made with ghee, rice, split green gram, cumin, black pepper, salt and water.
- Steam rice with simple dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas).
- Rice porridge made with milk and sugar
- Curd rice
- Vermicelli kheer
- Boiled milk with sugar.
- Methi or fenugreek paratha, made with wheat flour, fresh fenugreek leaves, carom seeds, turmeric and salt.
- Fruit salad; Ingredients: Fruits like apples, apricots, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates, prunes, peaches, mango, black grapes, dry figs, raw honey or sugar.
- Warm and clear soups with vegetables and beans.
- Vegetables: artichokes, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, corn, garlic, green peas and onions.
- Beans: any beans except kidney and soybeans.
- Simple stir-fries of vegetables like eggplant, ladies finger, cabbage, cauliflower, white potato and radish.
- Leafy greens like spinach, amaranth and mustard greens.
- Dishes made with barley, rye, millets, wild rice and simple basmati rice.
- Dairy: Fresh buttermilk, fresh curd and yoghurt, cottage cheese made with goat’s milk and goat’s cheese.
- Snacks: Popcorn without salt and butter, soaked almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Moon water and tea, brewed with herbal ingredients.
The Full Moon routine
1. Start the routine with some exercises
When the moon rises, start the routine with some exercises or physical activity. Do not indulge in heavy exercises or workouts draining your body but it should be soothing and relaxing.
Time duration: 15 to 40 minutes
One of the best and efficient exercises are the Moon salutations also known as Chandra Namaskar in Yoga. Like Surya namaskar, Chandra Namaskar is practised to absorb the moon’s energy. Moon salutations are highly soothing and cooling which should be practised slowly and mindfully, maintaining a smooth, deep, diaphragmatic breath. Incorporate them into your evening practice on the days of Full Moon, as well as any time you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, overstimulated or overheated. Practise Chandra namaskar for a minimum of 4 rounds (that depict 4 seasons or 4 directions) to a maximum of six rounds, alternating the right and the left sides of the body.
After completing the namaskar, rest in the savasana posture (Corpse pose) in the moonlight (where possible), comfortably lying on your back. Allow yourself plenty of time for restoration and assimilation of the effects of the practice.
If you are not into exercises, you can practice slow and sensual dances with soothing soft music that calms your body and mind.
2. A relaxing bath
After some exercises or physical activity, it is time for some beauty routines followed by a relaxing bath. Beauty and moonlight are connected. The moonlight improves skin complexion and ojas.
A body massage:
Time duration: 10 to 20 minutes
If possible, plan a body massage in the moonlight with a professional masseur or you can self-massage your body and rest in the moonlight.
Natural ingredients for a beauty routine: Oils like almond, coconut and olive, soaked almond paste, fresh rose petals, rose water, sandalwood powder or oil, raw honey, raw milk etc. are effective in the beauty routine in the form of a face, body packs and massage oils.
After the beauty routine, have a warm and relaxing bath. The water should not be hot but warm, based on the season. While bathing, do not indulge in any other activity but concentrate on enjoying your bath slowly and sensually.
After a bath, wear any cool and light coloured clothes in shades of white, soft pink, soft blues etc. as per your comfort with minimum accessories. Avoid darker shades, black and grey coloured clothes. Light silver jewellery, crystals and pearls are suitable for the moonlight though accessories are not compulsory.
3. Moon bathing
Moon bathing is practised on full moon nights. The phrase “Moon bathing” means spending time under a full moon, soaking in silvery rays. It is a simple and easy practice. All you have to do is sit under the moon and do whatever you want. Let’s see some fun ideas:
a. A moonlight dinner:
Plan a moonlight dinner individually or with your partner or a group. A potluck can also be arranged but whatever the guests bring should be according to the food rules of this routine. Enjoy your dinner in the cool light under the stars. The two important things that must be present in the dinner are moon food and moon water.
Moon food: Some particular foods when exposed to the moon rays are healthy to our bodies as they absorb the moon rays. They are considered Amrit or celestial nectar. The other foods should not be piping hot but warm to enjoy.
Foods: boiled milk with sugar, raw honey, Rice and milk porridge, kheer, curd rice, fruit salad, buttermilk etc. are suitable to soak up the moon rays.
Time duration: 1 to 3 hours.
Drinking water that is exposed to moonlight is beneficial to health. Take a clean glass or good plastic bottle or a wide-mouthed tumbler, fill it with clean drinking water and place them under the moon. Cover or close the bottles with a clean white cotton cloth so that the moon rays are absorbed into the water without any dirt. You can store this moon water and drink for 2 to 3 days.
Time duration: maximum hours or overnight. If the water is exposed overnight, make sure you remove the water before sunrise while the stars are still in the sky.
b. A mini book-club meeting:
If you are an avid reader and a book lover, you can read your favourite book under the stars or plan a mini book club meeting with your like-minded friends. You can select any genre like romance, thriller, horror etc. and enjoy your book readings with some fresh fruit juices or snacks.
c. A romantic time
A full moon is a good time for romance as it is evident that the full moon influences the sexual life of some species and human beings. Human beings turn more romantic, sexual and energetic during a full moon as the hormonal surge is at its peak during this time. The effects of the full moon among women is of increased sexual desire, deep intuition and the emergence of new ideas, while men become inwardly focused, feel escalated libido and feel more tempted to satiate their sexual desires. Couples can use this magic in the air to improve their relationships and intimacy.
d. Some alone time:
Every person needs some alone time once in a while. Use the power of the full moon to yourself by doing what you love. It can be writing a poem, gratitude practising, journaling, reminiscing your thoughts, talking to the moon – it may seem weird but imagine the moon as your best friend who listens to your feelings, secrets and thoughts etc. Among them, gratitude practising is one such activity. A growing number of scientific studies have examined the effects of gratitude on mental and physical health. They revealed that gratitude practice lifts your spirits, promotes empathy, boosts happiness and enhance your relationships, decrease depression and improve your cardiac health.
Irrespective of any religion or culture, the practice of meditation is useful for the body and mind. A simple meditation in a comfortable posture can do wonders if practised daily and there is a special meditation called Chandra bhedana pranayama which is effective during a full moon.
Chandra bhedana pranayama:
It involves inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the right nostril. It has cardiovascular benefits, reduces internal heat, refreshes the body, quietens the mind, elicits deep relaxation and promotes better sleep.
How to do Chandra bhedana pranayama?
- Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.
- Keep your face and shoulders relaxed and your spine erect.
- Bring your right-hand fingers into the position of Vishnu mudra by folding your index and middle fingers into the base of your right thumb and keeping your thumb, ring and little fingers extended.
- Rest your thumb lightly over your right nostril and your ring and little fingers over the left nostril.
- Close your right nostril with your thumb and slowly inhale through your left nostril.
- Then close your left nostril with your ring and little fingers and exhale through the right nostril.
- Close the right nostril again and continue inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the right for a further 10 cycles, slowly building your practice to 27 rounds with time. (Do all inhalations through the left nostril and all exhalations through the right nostril.)
- This exercise is practised before or after yoga or on its own.
f. Moon sleep:
It is the final step in the moon routine. Sleeping in the moonlight under the stars is moon sleep. You can plan a moon sleepover as well. If possible, sleep overnight or at least for 2 to 3 hours for the body to soak up in the moonlight and absorb the cosmic energy. Some scientific studies state that moon rays improve the function of the pituitary gland that has an immense impact on our health.
Spending time under the moon and stars is a way of living and pass time from ancient times where there was no light pollution and where people slept early and got up early with a healthy lifestyle. In current times, people cannot practice that lifestyle daily but incorporating some part of it once in a while help us to improve our health by harnessing the cosmic power of the moon.
Happy and fun moon routine!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Mallika Lotus