My Theme: Yoga. For those of you who don't know, I've been working on obtaining my yoga teacher's certification for the past year and am just a little over a month from graduating with my RYT200. As such, I figure there's no better way to spend this month than teaching you folks some of what I've learned.
Today we are talking about lunar energy (Ida in sanskrit) and how it flows through the body. Lunar energy is one of two types of celestial energy currents in the body with the other being solar energy. When the two combine it is said to be the perfect union leading to an activation of all connected energy currents and igniting the subtle body.
Lunar energy courses along the left hand side of the body in an upward direction, represents feminine energy, and is associated with goddess Shakti. Solar energy, conversely, courses along the right hand side of the body in a downward direction, represents masculine energy, and is associated with the god Shiva.
These two energy currents, when operating properly, are equal and opposite forces and allow the body's overall energy current to circle the subtle body in a balanced, healthy state. When one or the other energy is too powerful or two week the energy current becomes unbalanced and the health (both physical and spiritual) of the individual suffers.
One of the goals of yoga is to align the energy currents in the body so that they are perfectly balanced. There are certain poses that enhance either lunar or solar energy which should be practiced regularly to keep the energies of the subtle body balanced and healthy.