To celebrate the spectacle of the total solar eclipse, try these 5 yoga poses inspired by the phases of the sun and the moon.
The last time a total solar eclipse crossed the contiguous United States from coast-to-coast was 1918. Today, almost 100 years later, people across the nation will witness this phenomena, as the new moon passes between the sun and the Earth in totality.
First Contact – Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
During the first phase of the total solar eclipse, the edge of the moon starts to pass across the sun.
Just as the New Moon signifies change, Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is a great yoga pose to start your journey within and set an intention for your practice.
Come to the top of your mat and bring your feet together, heels slightly apart. Extend your arms up over head, firm your thigh muscles and lift your knee caps. Close your eyes and feel the sway within as you take a moment to find stillness.
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Second Contact – Crescent Lunge Pose (Anjaneyasana)
When the moon covers the disk of the sun so only a tiny sliver of light peaks through, this is an indicator of second contact of a total solar eclipse. The sun appears as a narrow crescent shape, which reminds us of Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana) yoga pose.
From a standing position, bring you left foot back, coming onto the ball mount of the foot. Bend your right knee 90 degrees and extend your arms overheard. Relax your shoulders away from your ears, tuck your tailbone under and continue to lift and lengthen.
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Totality – Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
The solar eclipse reaches totality when the sun completely blankets the moon, turning daylight to darkness for a few minutes. Camel Pose (Ustrasana) is a challenging yoga pose will literally bring you full circle. This heart-opening yoga pose challenges you to conquer your fears and open your mind and body to new possibilities.
For this pose, come to standing on your knees and bring your knees hips-width apart. Draw your palms, fingers faced down, to rest near the top of your buttocks. Extend long and shine your heart forward. Use your palms to slowly lean back as you keep your chin slightly tucked. Grab for your ankles or thighs, keeping your gaze to the sky and breathe deeply.
Third Contact – Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)
As the moon starts to move away, the sun’s disks will start to reappear during third contact of the total eclipse. Extended Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana) is the perfect yoga pose during this phase, since it represents the power of three: mind, body and spirit. The pose encourages groundedness and connection with the Earth.
Come to standing at the top of your mat. Bring your right foot forward and turn slightly to the left. Keeping your feet parallel and heels in-line, turn your back foot 90 degrees. Inhale to lengthen and bend forward, hinging at the hips. Draw your arms to 6 and 12 like the hands of a clock. Extend through the crown of your head and draw your tailbone down your spine.
Fourth Contact - Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
During the fourth and final contact of the total solar eclipse, the moon moves away from the sun turning the sky from dark to light. Named after the moon, Half Moon Pose, (Ardha Chandrasana) challenges the balance of two opposing forces: the energy of the moon and the force of the sun.
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So, when the sun comes back out to play, remember these 5 yoga poses inspired by the total solar eclipse that will continue to bring you light, love, stability and a better soul connection with The Earth.