Long Nights Moon Restorative Yoga Practice

Each full moon has a name that reflects the changing seasons and the natural world around us. These names were given by ancient cultures that followed the lunar months as a way of tracking the passage of time rather than the solar year that we follow.

-Sarah Jane SmithР2020 VYC Ambassador- Salt Spring Island 

Sarah Jane Smith practices and teaches yoga to foster a connection with herself and others. The power of developing self-awareness, discernment and intuition through yogic practice has been life informing and life-changing. Practice has been both a companion and guide through her adult life as she navigates the ups and downs that present themselves along the way.

Sarah Jane’s approach and daily practice have changed over time as she has changed. Right now, she enjoys slow asana, guided meditation and breathwork.

Each full moon has a name that reflects the changing seasons and the natural world around us. These names were given by ancient cultures that followed the lunar months as a way of tracking the passage of time rather than the solar year that we follow. The full moon in December, which was on the 12th, is called the Long Nights Moon in association with the darkest quietest days of the year and would have been spent resting, going inwards and staying warm around a blazing fire. In our culture, which is very detached from following natural rhythms, December is a very busy time of the year with lots of excitement and busyness. The holiday season can often leave us feeling drained and tired. It doesn’t have to be that way,¬† we can take time to recognize when we are doing too much and take some time to rest and be quiet. To help you with this I have designed a Long Nights Moon Restorative Yoga practice for you to do at home. The practice can be done in as little as 10 minutes but can also be lengthened into an hour if you have the time. I suggest getting cozy with comfy socks and having a blanket nearby for Savasana. Enjoy x