#14 – New Moon In Aries (Ashwini) + Breathing Practice

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I am jumping in today with a very first #newmoonforecast in this podcast. We are going to discuss what this new moon is about according to the Vedic Astrology and do a breathing practice at the end of the episode to help you to tune in inward for this time of the month.

The pranic healing is a true superpower of Ashwini. Therefore, the time of this new moon can be wonderfully utilized to practice pranayama and breath-oriented forms of movement that help you to go inward and observe the current flow within. It is a great time to clear away the blockages of energy by practicing conscious breathing. Therefore, in the yoga practice for this new moon, we are focusing mostly on that, opening the practice with breath of fire – Kapalabhati.

The practice is circa 15 minutes long and starts around 5th minute of the episode. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

The upcoming New Moon on April, 23rd (08:05 am, IST) is going to happen in a fiery sign of Aries. At this time, both Sun and Moon will be conjoined in the area of the sky called Ashwini Nakshatra. 

Ashwini Nakshatra is the first out of 27 Vedic nakshatras. So is the first zodiac sign of Aries, bringings its focus on individuality, strong will and direct communication.

According to Hindu mythology, the deity of Ashwini Nakshatra are the twin-brothers who possess the head of the horses and are known as physicians of the Gods. As they are the sons of Surya (Sun represents the soul in Vedic Astrology), they stand for activating the healing abilities of the self (Ātman).

O Asvins, with horses that flew with swift wings (…) To he who was blinded, O Asvins, ye gave eyes. Great and weal-giving is your aid, O Asvins, ye made whole the cripple. (…) Doers of marvels, skillful workers. From earth ye brought the sage to life in wondrous mode.

Hymns in the Rig Veda in praise of the Ashwini brothers

Most importantly, the Ashwini twins represent the duality of life. Through dark and light, birth and death, inhalation and exhalation – Ashwini continuously aids the flow of life. Balanced flow of prana in the bodily channels is the prerequisite of health. Yoga describes it with a concept of nadis (energy channels). Ayurveda, on the other hand, with a complex, inter-connected net of bodily pathways called Srotamsi.

The pranic healing is a true superpower of Ashwini. Therefore, the time of this new moon can be wonderfully utilized to practice pranayama and breath-oriented forms of movement that help you to go inward and observe the current flow within.

On the shadow side, Ashwini Nakshatra has some rajasic qualities to it, as it symbolises the agility and speed of a racing horse. That’s why, you may notice that your mind is more energetic or agitated around this time. It is important not to exhaust its energy and direct it inward, just as the nature of the new moon encourages us to do.

As we said, It is a great time to clear away the blockages of energy by practicing conscious breathing. Therefore, in the yoga practice for this new moon, we are focusing mostly on that. We are opening the practice with breath of fire – Kapalabhati.

In fact, Kapalabhati is not a typical pranayama, but more of a cleansing shatkama practice. It is a powerful exercise to cleanse and open the nadis (energy channels) and to boost confidence by connecting with your will-power and Solar Plexus – the power center of the body, as the sign of Aries is a positive polarity of the 3rd chakra.

Kapalabhati fires up Agni and burns out emotional impurities, improves circulation and is an excellent preparation for meditation. This is a great opportunity to connect with Martian energy of Aries and utilise the healing capabilities of Ashwini at the same time!

Set an intention, think of something you want to get let go of or an area of your life that needs healing. Meditate on it after the practice. Trust, the process. The stars are on your side! 😉