The full Moon in Virgo energy brings our attention into the physical body and gives us the impetus to revisit our diet and lifestyle. This is a good time to detox and to reboot our system for the new season ahead. Physically Virgo relates to the stomach, intestines, nerves and the reproductive system.
In yoga twisting is known to be cleansing and one of the best asanas used to release toxins by squeezing the internal digestive organs. This leaves us feeling clean, clear, and refreshed. Massaging the abdominal organs, including the liver and kidneys encourages healthy digestion and elimination. Twisting also tones our abdominal muscles and gives us good posture which helps to protect our lower back.
On a mental level twisting has a great balancing effect. When we feel restless or agitated twists can settle us down. When we feel uptight or 'wound up', a long spinal twist followed by a deep release as we uncoil the body can also help us to unwind the mind. When we twist we are literally turning our torso around itself, this quickly brings our attention to how the body feels, whether the stomach is bloated, the breath constricted, or the muscles stiff. Deep twists insist that we observe what is present, whether difficult or sweet, and from that awareness we have a clear choice to create change or to make peace with the sensations in the body. Twisting also gives us an energetic lift when we are feeling tired or lethargic.
The Virgo full moon energy teaches us to care for and to love our body by treating it with care. When our body is flexible and strong we are more productive and we are better able to experience the world with joy. To care for our body we are asked to give it loving attention by feeding it healthy food, getting plenty of sleep, walking in nature and practicing yoga on a regular basis.
“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way” - Cybele Tomlinson