• Kristen McCarthy

New Moon Yin Yoga

Updated: Jul 12

Yin Yoga for the Cancer Season

This new moon yin yoga practice connects us with the nurturing qualities of the cancer moon.


I invite you to plant the seed of your new moon intention (sankalpa) at the beginning of your practice, and to meditate on it's wisdom through each yin yoga posture.


The new moon in cancer is influenced by the goddess of the moon, and the element of water. It connects us to the movement of tides on the earth, and the spiritual essence of soma.


This inspires us to nurture our bodies, minds (chitta) and emotions, and to prioritize our self-care.


Cancer Yin Yoga Sequence


This new moon yin sequence will open the tissues through the sacral chakra (water element), and the heart centre (self-love):


  • Supported Fish: Gently prop the back of your heart with a bolster or rolled blanket, and rest your head on a pillow. Breathe into the front of the heart, and allow your sankalpa to arise.

  • Butterfly Pose: Come into a seated position, and bring the soles of your feet together. Allow your knees to wing open to the side. Softly fold, and breathe into the back of your heart.

  • Dragonfly Pose: Extend both legs into a straddle, and support your chest and head with a prop. Rest here, and allow your mind to rest on the waves of your breath.

  • Deer Pose: Begin on the left side, and bring your legs into 90 degree angles. Fold over your thigh, and find the space of deep stillness within the waves. Switch sides.

  • Cat Pulling It's Tail: Come into a two knee twist, and draw your your bottom leg toward the body. If it's okay for your knee, catch a hold of your ankle and relax your thigh. Switch sides.

Do you set a new moon intention each month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

Please share this practice with your friends!

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