Welcome to the first instalment of our brand new monthly moon blog, where we’ll be shining a light on the stories, rituals, self-care practices and astrological connections to the full moon. Whether you want to start aligning your life with the moon’s cycle, or you’re simply interested in why the full moon matters, this is your place to gather knowledge, wisdom and inspiration for connecting with the full moon each month.

There’s a lot of mysticism around the moon, but there’s also a lot of grounded and science-based evidence to show that humans have always had a strong connection to the lunar cycle. Researchers have found that many ancient people were ‘moon-worshippers’, or lunar cultists as far back as the pre-agriculture Neolithic period some 12,000 years ago. Whilst the sun was seen as the source of life, the moon was very much considered a guide and protector. In the pre-agricultural period, humans lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers, travelling from place-to-place to gather food and create shelter. Tribes living in the deserts travelled under the cool light of the moon, using its light to guide them, therefore developing a close relationship with the moon and its many phases. Way before the clock or the sun dial “it was the moon that served as the first known time-measurer. Time was divided into “moonths”, each one beginning on the new moon” says Leo Rogers, researcher from the University of Cambridge.

It seems that even further back than 12,000 years ago, humans were using the moon to measure time. A piece of bone known now as the ‘Blanchard Bone’ was discovered in France and dated back to over 20,000 years ago. On one side of the bone are markings for the dark, waning and new moon, whilst on the other are markings for brightness and the full moon. After much research and debate, the thesis is that these bone markings – as well as representing the physical moon phases – also represent the ‘moons’ or menstrual cycles of women, with the female cycle lasting on average around 28 days (although anything from 21 to 40 days can be considered totally normal too).

The Full Moon in Focus

So, if we know that humans have had a direct connection to the moon for thousands of years, why is it the full moon that seems to get all the attention today? The full moon has a profound impact upon pretty much all life on earth; birds use the light of the moon to help them navigate during migration, and many birds actually synchronise their migration so that they arrive at their destination on the full moon. The mass spawning of corals on the Great Barrier Reef coincides with the full moons in November and December, whilst the full and new moon phases also have a notable effect on the tides. Being 70% water, it’s thought that humans can

experience shifts in physical and emotional states during new and full moon cycles due to the lunar influence on water, and full moon rituals involving dance, ceremony and even fasting practices have been a part of many cultures for thousands of years too. Whilst everyone experiences the full moon differently, there are connections and traditions linking the full moon to insomnia, mood swings and heightened emotional states, as well as manifestation, culminations, realisations, powerful personal insights and endings. Energetically, our thoughts and actions are incredibly powerful at the time of the full moon, which makes it an important moment to direct our energy towards a positive place. Connecting with the moon each month allows us to rekindle our relationship with nature and be supported by it, so let’s dive into this month’s full moon and 3 practices to connect with it!

On February 16th 2022, the full moon in Leo arrives, and this particular full moon is bold, creative, full of love, power and passion. Also known as the ‘Snow Moon’, this is one of the last moons of Winter, encouraging us to transition out of the darkness of Winter and into brighter days of Spring in the coming weeks. Astrologically speaking, Leo is all about leadership, confidence, fierceness, joy, and living life to the full. Leo is a fire sign, so whilst the full moon may be a ‘snow moon’ this month, there’s nothing cold about the energetic power this moon holds. Fire is the element of power and transformation, so this month we’ll be tuning into our inner power and welcoming transformation. Here are 3 practices for the Full Snow Moon in Leo this February:

1. Step Into Your Power

Leo energy is always willing to speak up and be courageous, even when faced with fear. Tune into the energy of this full moon by tapping into your most powerful self; stand up for what you believe in and express your truth even if others might not agree. The way we use our bodies can change how powerful we feel too – project your voice when you speak and express what you truly need, practice having a more open and confident posture with your shoulders rolled back and chin lifted, and wear the colour red, which links to confidence, power and passion.

2. Yoga Postures For Inner Power

The fire element is stimulated with strong core-focused asanas like navasana (boat pose), twisting postures, and asanas that open the front of the body such as Ustrasana (camel), bridge pose and Urdvha Dhanurasana, also known as ‘full wheel’ or ‘Chakrasana’. The navel center is where our energetic place of power lies, so bring awareness to this place in your yoga practice. Kappalabhati pranayama is also a great way to focus on the navel centre as the abdomen has to work to strongly exhale each breath, as well as being a warming, stimulating breathing technique.

3. Journaling Questions

Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try not to over-think the answers to these journaling prompts, rather let your mind reveal the answers to you to work with the full moon this month. Sit somewhere you can see the full moon, or even spend time

outside under the full moonlight whilst journaling to deepen your connection to it:

1. Why am I not yet being my most powerful self?

2. How can I embrace my inner power more?

3. What am I willing to change?

4. What would I most benefit from letting go of?

5. What brings me joy, and how can I connect to this more?

Set yourself up for your full moon practices with these 5 essentials:

1. Start learning about the traditions and folklore surrounding the full moon with Seasons of The Moon by Michael Carbaretta. From Strawberry to Dragon, Harvest to Storm, the full moon is known by many names around the world and across the seasons, and each name has a story behind it.

2. The Yogamatters Revive yoga mat in red is a wonderful way to combine the power of colour therapy with your yoga practice. Red can inspire a sense of power and confidence, and helps us connect to our physical bodies.

3. Core-focused postures like Navasana can be made even stronger by placing a yoga brick between the thighs, which helps engage the deep core muscles. Opt for the Yogamatters Reclaim Eco Yoga Brick for an eco-friendly practice.

4. Use the Magnificent Creature journal by Elizabeth Gilbert to answer the full moon journaling prompts in the monthly blog, or grab a copy of Lunar Living for more insights into how to connect with the moon’s phases.

5. Create a sacred space for your full moon practices with the Yogamatters luxury zafu meditation kit. Having a dedicated place is a powerful way to make habits and practices like this stick.

Emma is a 500hr qualified Yoga teacher, musician, massage therapist, cook, and writer. Having grown up surrounded by Yoga and meditation, Emma began her practice at a young age and has continued to study and develop her understanding of Yoga on a daily basis. Training internationally with inspirational teachers, Emma’s passions now lie primarily in philosophy and Yoga off the mat. Emma currently teaches regularly in Sussex, co-leading teacher trainings, retreats, workshops and kirtans, and also manages the Brighton Yoga Festival.


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