October Full Moon Insight + Meditation

This full moon meditation focuses on finding balance within our relationships and self. Stable Taurus is challenged by unpredictable and changing Uranus. The result, the unexpected and our vulnerabilities to surface. While it’s not always easy, it’s important to take a look at our ‘blind-spots’ or weaknesses in order to grow.

Here’s a glimpse into the astrological impacts right now:

  • Venus opposes Uranus, which can create tension in our relationships and our relationship with money
  • Moon conjuncts Uranus, leading to impulsive and detached tendencies
  • Moon opposes Venus, exposing our need for affection
  • Venus sextile to Saturn, emphasizing our need for companionship
  • Moon trines Saturn, which lends patience, intuitive & emotional strength
  • Fixed stars
    • Mirach symbolizes giving love. The Moon conjuncts this star signaling concerns with the opposite gender, furthered by Uranus conjunct leading to unbalanced perspective or approach.
    • Mira is about perseverance

Retrogrades:

  • Neptune is in Pisces until Nov 25, encouraging us to stay grounded, realistic & objective
  • Venus started in Libra and ends in Scorpio Nov 16, asking us to go within & look at our relationship to giving and receiving love

What does all this mean? We are still dealing with similar issues from September’s full moon. October’s new moon was about transformation, but we are now looking at our shadow in these areas in order to move forward. Again, it is important to tap into the self and really understand what it is your soul is longing for. Try not to seek a quick fix by just filling the void – this will lead to further problems. Scorpio encourages us to look deep into our hearts and souls to truly nurture ourselves.

 

Full Moon Meditation & Yoga

Let’s find some balance. I would begin by clearing your meditation space through prayer, mantra, sage – whatever speaks to you. Two beautiful oils to balance the masculine and feminine are Lavender (the Mother healer) and Frankincense (the Father healer). For crystals, choose those you are drawn to. I will be working with obsidian, rose & clear quartz, for the Root, Heart & Crown chakras. Perhaps turn on a 639Hz frequency such as this for harmony.

Begin with gentle movement – trust your bodies flow. Sufi grinds, spinal flexes or cat cows, allowing your breath to guide your movement. If you need to flow to let some energy move, do so. When you are ready, come back to a comfortable seat closing your eyes softly. Let’s begin with Nadi Shodana:

  • Covering the right nostril, inhale through the left
  • Cover the left nostril, exhale right then inhale
  • Cover the right, exhale left then inhale
  • Continue for 5-10 minutes feeling the flow of the breath through your body

Stay with an easy inhale exhale or Ujjayi (Ocean breath) through both nostrils once you are finished with Nadi Shodhana, noticing the full flow of the breath and ease. Imagining the breath being white light filling up every corner of your body, beginning to radiate out beyond and into your aura, creating further balance & peace around you.

Ask your soul or guides: What serves your highest and best right now? 

When you feel you are completed with your meditation, take time to journal your thoughts, inspiration & insights. Through the next few weeks, find something you can do every day to nurture yourself to bring greater peace – even if it’s just showering with the lights off before bed & applying a drop of your favorite essential oil in your lotion. Give yourself this gift of love, and more love will come your way.

 

 

Full Moon Yoga & Meditation: Thursday 8-9pm, join us for Yin & Crystal Bowl Healing where we will practice this meditation with pure Young Living Frankincense & Lavender essential oils.

If you are interested in purchasing your own essential oils, I would recommend starting with the Starter Kit, which comes with a diffuser and the 10 most popular oils – many of which will become your new natural medicine cabinet – perfect as the cooler season falls upon us. Please click this link or email Katie@yoganorthvancouver.com. 

 

Essential Oils While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Pure essential oils can a huge support during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it’s important to know which ones to use and when. What we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood stream within 20 minutes max, which is then shared with our baby. This is why it’s so it’s important to be aware of all the products we consume, including those we use on our largest organ, our skin. As mentioned by the National Association for Holistic Therapy, the quality of the oil is incredibly important as is the quantity used. Many oils on the market have additives and are blended with other unnamed ingredients to be cost-effective. This is one reason I choose to only use Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living owns their own farms and takes great pride in ensuring quality from ‘seed to seal’. They care for the plants energetically and beyond – and yes, you can even visit their farms around the world to experience yourself! As these oils are pure, you need very little.

 

First Trimester

During the first trimester it’s important to be cautious, and I would not recommend ingesting any essential oils. You are safe to use the following oils topically or diffuse during the first trimester to uplift and help keep nausea at bay; Bergamot, Chamomile (german and roman), Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Petitgrain & citrus scents.

I would not recommend ingesting or using any of the following essential oils on your skin while pregnant; Aniseed, Anise star, Basil, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cumin, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Oregano, Myrrh, Parsley, Pennroyal, Rosemary, Sassafrass, Savory, Sweet birch, Thyme, Wintergreen, Wormwood.

Yoga Tip: While active pranayama (breath-work) is not recommended during pregnancy, a deep slow breath is a wonderful way to help ease nausea, and help you to tune into yourself and baby. Find a comfortable space & close your eyes for a steady inhale to a count of 4 into the belly and chest, and exhaling to the count of 4 relaxing the chest then belly. Repeat for 5-30 minutes.

 

Second Trimester

The second trimester is a great time to start massaging a few drops of pure essential oils diluted into the carrier oil of your choice – coconut, jojoba, almond etc – all over your beautiful body. These oils are wonderful for nourishing the skin; Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Rose Otto, Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang. I would suggest using organic carrier oils for their purity.

You can also continue to diffuse or apply the following oils to help energize yourself; Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint & citrus scents.

For an amazing sleep, I would recommend a few drops of Lavender, Frankincense or White Angelica in a bath with pure magnesium salts.

Yoga Tip: You may notice your lower back beginning to bother you a bit. To get ahead of this, try cat/cow every morning and evening as this involves pelvic tilts. This helps to loosen the back, allowing energy to flow through the spine nourishing all your organs (including baby), and strengthen the pelvic area. If you haven’t yet, try to get to a Prenatal Yoga class for more tips and poses to strengthen and calm.

 

Third Trimester

Below are a few recipes you can blend into a carrier oil or diffuse to soothe some common discomforts in the third trimester:

  • Frequent urination – Cypress, Neroli & Sweet marjoram
  • Heartburn –  Petitgrain, Roman chamomile & Sandalwood
  • Haemorrhoids – Copaiba, Cypress, Peppermint, Sandalwood & Sweet orange
  • Varicose veins – Cypress, Sandalwood, Sweet orange
  • Water retention – Geranium, Lemon & Petitgrain

Yoga Tip: One of my favourite parts of our Prenatal Yoga classes is our flowing squats. This helps you connect to your breath,  strengthen your legs, open the hips, and encourages baby to move to a head first position.  Start by rolling a mat under your heels, coming to standing hands above your head. Exhale slowly folding into a squat, and using your hands rolling up with the inhale. Try doing 15 when you wake up each morning.

 

Birth

During birth, Clary sage & Jasmine are welcome in addition to any of your favourite oils from above to help you stay in a space of peace and joy during this special time. Frankincense,Helichrysum, Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood & White angelica are some of the highest vibrational oils and wonderful to use at birth. Copaiba is another amazing oil to ease anxiety and compliment other oils – this is one of my absolute favourites. Oils are best diffused or you can blend into a carrier oil for massage.

Yoga Tip: The breath and meditations we do in class help you prepare for birth, by helping you connect to your intuition and your baby. Gentle breath, visualization, and mantra help us stay in a space of peace. Try the breath tip mentioned in the First Trimester section and creating a mantra for yourself. It can be as simple as ‘I am love, I am strength, I trust my intuition.’ Get creative!

If you would like a little extra support, Clara (certified Doula) and her husband Mathius will be hosting an intimate Birth Partner Workshop November 25th for 6 couples.

 

Breastfeeding & Fourth Trimester

Gentle Baby blend is an oil you and your little bundle can enjoy to soothe the skin and aid with sleep. I would suggest diffusing this oil, or blending with a carrier oil to apply along on the inner ankles, lower back and across the tummy to ease any discomforts.

Some oils to help you balance hormones include; Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clove, Copaiba, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint. These oils are uplifting, calming, and can help balance hormones. Wild Yam and Chaste Tree also help balance hormones – for these I would speak to your Naturopath.

Basil, Fennel & Geranium help to increase production of milk, while Peppermint slows the flow. You will want to place a drop or two above the breasts around the lymphs.

To soothe sore and cracked nipples, try using Geranium, Myrrh & Sandalwood in a carrier oil.

Mastitis? Massage Clove, Lavender, Orange, Thyme, or Rosemary into the lymphs above the breast.

A friend also recommended Clariderm spray on a pad to help soothe & heal. Please see below for details on purchasing Clariderm or other pure essential oils.

 

Just for you!

Until October 15th use the code #mamalove to save 10% on any of the following classes & events:

We also host Bellydance on the first Thursday of every month 615-730pm for $10 – perfect for Pre & Postnatal!

To purchase Clariderm or any of the oils mentioned above at wholesale, please click here. With Young Living you order what you want, when you want. The Starter Kit with 11 of the most essential oils and diffuser is a great value of $400 worth of products for $200! All who purchase $50 or more of essential oil products before October 31st will receive complimentary entry to our Dec 2 event where we will be making essential oil gifts for yourself and those you love!

If you have questions, please email katie@yoganorthvancouver.com