Kundalini Yoga and the August Full Moon

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Patience pays, Yogi Bhajan used to say, and our patience will be tested by the upcoming Full Moon of August 2nd, which will activate the gallbladder meridian. Our tolerance may be challenged, but we can approach this time as an opportunity to expand our qualities of patience and acceptance. This Full Moon is also related to the Aquarian sign of the Zodiac. The chakra that is affected is the third chakra, the tattva or element, fire.

The gallbladder is responsible for decision making. When the prana (life force) gets stuck in the gallbladder meridian, one may experience difficulties in this area, and that in turn may lead to procrastination and emotional frustration. The functioning of the gallbladder is closely related to the functioning of the liver, as the liver is the organ responsible for making plans and realising them. This August Full Moon is therefore an excellent time to visualise the ideal life situation, the ideal partner, the ideal work situation, etc.

A blockage in the gallbladder meridian can cause a number of physical symptoms, including headache on one side; nausea and indigestion; pain in the shoulder blades; and lastly outside leg pain and pain in the sciatic nerve.

There are a number of ways available for restoring the balance in the gallbladder meridian. Firstly, you can visualise or wear the colour green around the time of this Full Moon. Next, engage in any physical activity, especially if it causes you to sweat. And try to lose some extra weight.

Of course, you can pay attention to your diet. Any green and sour foods are beneficial to the gallbladder, especially sprouts. Spelt with vegetables is a good dish to eat in this period. Homemade yogurt is very good as well. Drink warm lemon water and corn silk tea. Try to avoid sweets, as they weaken the will, and also avoid heavy, fatty and oily meals.

Then there are of course certain postures and exercises that specifically target this meridian. The most beneficial postures for the gallbladder and the gallbladder meridian are: Stretch Pose, Sat Kriya and any posture that strengthens the third chakra and the Navel Point. All pranayama exercises work on this meridian, but especially beneficial is the following one. Sit in Easy Pose with the left hand on the heart centre and the right hand resting on the right knee in gyan mudra. Focus on the third eye point, the point between the eyebrows. The breath is done in four parts. You inhale through the nose, exhale through the nose, then inhale through the mouth, exhale through the mouth. Then inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth, and lastly inhale through the mouth, exhale through the nose. Continue breathing in this pattern for 11 minutes. Alternatively, you can do the following breath exercise, which is done in the same posture: you start long deep breathing through a rounded mouth and you whistle both on the inhale and on the exhale. Continue this breath for at least 11 minutes.

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