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Article: Sync Your Menstrual Cycle to the Moon

Sync Your Menstrual Cycle to the Moon

Sync Your Menstrual Cycle to the Moon

Throughout history, wisdom traditions have recognized the interconnection between women's menstrual cycles and the lunar phases. As the moon goes through its different phases over the course of 28 days, our bodies also have distinct phases as we move through our menstrual cycle. 

It's worth paying attention to how your cycle aligns with the moon, as doing so can help you reconnect with your body's natural rhythm. In our fast-paced world, this connection is nourishing, grounding and supportive to the feminine essence. By paying attention to your cycle and the moon's phases, you become more attuned to your body's needs and moods, and you can begin to leverage the energies of the cycles to support you to show up as your best.

Menstruation // New Moon Phase

Ideally, the start of your period aligns with the new moon — the time of the month when the sky is dark and the moon is least visible to us. The New Moon is a time to be intentional about slowing down — find spaciousness where you can, rest more, and engage in gentle movement such as walking or restorative yoga. Take a moment to review the past 28 days in your mind and acknowledge anything you’ve overcome, achieved or released — personally or professionally. This is a time for introspection, rest, and setting intentions for the upcoming cycle.

Follicular Phase // Waxing Moon
As the moon grows, so does your energy. This is a time for planning, creativity, and embarking on new projects. The Waxing Moon is a time to be thoughtful and steady as you gather momentum toward reaching your goals. It’s the perfect time to research and strategize, organize and plan. Get into the details of what you want to get done this month, then create systems that will support you to implement — again, this might be in the personal or the professional realm.

Ovulation // Full Moon
Your peak fertility coincides with the full moon. This is when you're most energetic and social. This is also a great time to engage your focus and start to get really activated around your ideas. You’ll be at your most confident during this time, so go out into the world to connect! This may mean pitching your idea to someone, or finding yourself at more networking events, social gatherings or romantic dates. During this lunar phase, you’ll have the most energy you’ll have all month long, so this is the moment to get into your party mode, and also your most intense workouts. This is also the perfect time to do your most celebratory yoni steam.

Luteal Phase // Waning Moon 
Just as the moon's light begins to decrease, your energy might start to dip. But first, it’s time to harvest the fruits from the seeds of intentions you planted around the New Moon, as immediately after you ovulate you’ve still got lots of focused energy to put to work to do so. Energetically, you’re primed for grounding and building movement practices like pilates, strength and weight lifting. Then, as the New Moon approaches, begin to tie up loose ends, let go of the reins and lean into the softness of trust and allowance. Do your yoni steam in the days leading up to your period to support effortless release.

When you lean into the cycles in this way, you may notice that you feel more balanced in many ways. It's a way to honor the ebb and flow of emotions. And, utilizing the energies of your cycle's different phases for various tasks can support you to show up for the right things at the right time. For example, tackling big projects during the follicular phase when your energy is high results in more joyful generativity. 

Here's how to get started:

Track Your Cycle: Start by tracking your menstrual cycle for a few months. Note the dates of your period, ovulation, and any mood changes or physical symptoms.

Learn About Lunar Phases: Familiarize yourself with the lunar phases. You can use moon phase calendars, apps, or simply observe the night sky.

Make the Connection: Begin to notice any correlations between your menstrual cycle and the moon. Do you tend to get your period around the new moon? Are you most energetic during the full moon?

Set Intentions: During your menstruation (new moon) phase, take some quiet time to set intentions for the upcoming cycle. What do you want to achieve? How do you want to feel?

Plan Activities: Tailor your activities to your cycle. If you know you'll be more energetic during ovulation, plan social events or important meetings then. Reserve the luteal phase for self-care and reflection.

Experiment and Adjust: This process is highly personal. Experiment with syncing your cycle to the moon and adjust as needed. Don't be too hard on yourself if it doesn't perfectly align every month. Listening to your body, paying attention to its cues, and being gentle with yourself is the most important.

Syncing your menstrual cycle to the moon can be a beautiful way to reconnect with your body's natural rhythms. It's about embracing the ebb and flow of life, just as the moon waxes and wanes. Give it a try, and who knows, you might find a deeper sense of balance, awareness, and empowerment in the process. Here's to syncing up with the cosmos and riding the waves of your own unique cycle! 
Sierra Brashear, MA is Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, women's health advocate, doula and founder of Vibrant Souls. She believes that by tuning in to ancient earth-based wisdom traditions, we will discover contemporary ways to heal ourselves, our families and our planet. Inspired by the rhythms and elements of nature, Sierra weaves systems thinking and her knowledge of Ayurveda into her heart-centered work supporting individuals and organizations to thrive. Work 1:1 with Sierra to bring balance to your life with Ayurveda, or explore her online Ayurvedic Lifestyle Programs.

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