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Waning moon - Stretching class, & journaling to reflect & relax

1st May - 8:30-9:15 PM GMT

Ease into the energy of letting go during the waning moon with our Stretch & Journaling - Reflect & Relax session. This powerful time offers the opportunity to break free from old habits and patterns. Trust your inner guidance as Alexe guides you through a gentle candlelight stretch and journaling practice tailored to the current moon sign. Allow the soothing ambiance to enhance your reflective journey, promoting relaxation and self-discovery. ✨

Your Stretching and Journaling guide: Alexe @Lunarlexe

Alexe Woods

Alexe, Universal Movement founder who loves to weave her practices together to give you a unique and profound experience. Alexe has over 20 year experience in teaching and was the co-foundered of London Dance Academy many moons ago. Now she blends magical slow flow yoga, visualisation techniques and yoga Nidra with her expertise in moonology and body astrology that creates the UM methodology of cyclical and lunar living.

Our stretching class can offer several advantages when it comes to releasing tension in the body:

Increased Flexibility: Regular stretching can improve flexibility by elongating muscles and increasing their range of motion. This can help to counteract the stiffness and tightness that often accompany tension in the muscles.

Improved Circulation: Stretching encourages blood flow to the muscles, which can help to alleviate tension and promote relaxation. Increased circulation also aids in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, facilitating their repair and recovery.

Reduced Muscle Tension: Stretching can help to relieve muscle tightness and tension by promoting relaxation and decreasing muscle stiffness. This can alleviate discomfort and promote a greater sense of comfort and ease in the body.

Enhanced Posture: Tension in the muscles can contribute to poor posture, leading to discomfort and pain. Stretching can help to release tension in the muscles that support good posture, allowing for improved alignment and reduced strain on the body.

Stress Relief: Stretching promotes relaxation and can help to reduce stress levels by releasing physical tension in the body. Incorporating stretching into your routine can provide a calming effect on both the body and mind, helping to alleviate stress and promote a sense of well-being.

Injury Prevention: By increasing flexibility and range of motion, stretching can help to reduce the risk of injury during physical activity. Flexible muscles are less prone to strain and are better able to withstand sudden movements or impacts.

Improved Performance: Stretching can enhance athletic performance by improving flexibility, mobility, and coordination. This can help you to move more efficiently and effectively, leading to better overall performance and reduced risk of injury.

Better Joint Health: Stretching helps to maintain joint health by promoting flexibility and reducing stiffness. This can improve joint function and range of motion, making daily activities easier and more comfortable.

Why is a class like this important during the waning moon?

In various spiritual and esoteric traditions, the waning moon signifies the process of letting go, releasing, and refining. The lunar cycle divides into phases, with the waning moon marking the period when the illuminated portion of the moon visible from Earth diminishes, transitioning from the full moon back to the new moon.

Throughout the waning moon phase, the energy typically asks us to turn inwards by introspection, reflection, and shedding what no longer serves us. It's considered an optimal time to release negative emotions, habits, or situations hindering our progress. This phase offers a chance to let go of anything conflicting with our goals, values, or highest good.

Furthermore, the waning moon phase allows for refining and reassessing ongoing projects or objectives. As the moon's illumination diminishes, it signifies a time to review and adjust our plans, strategies, and actions. It prompts us to evaluate what's effective and where improvements are needed. This phase encourages inward focus, enabling us to fine-tune our efforts and make necessary revisions for greater success.

Overall, the waning moon phase is commonly viewed as a period for release, purification, and refinement, both personally and in terms of our pursuits. Embracing the waning moon's energy can aid in letting go of what no longer serves us and refining our intentions and actions as we progress through the lunar cycle.

During this stretching class and journaling practice, we provide a gentle stretch to release tensions and journaling prompts to guide you in letting go and refining your goals, ultimately manifesting abundance and liberation.

Why should we practice journaling? 

There are several reasons why someone might practice journaling and the waning moon is the perfect time to do so:

📓 Journaling for Self-Reflection: Journaling provides an opportunity for self-reflection. By writing down thoughts, feelings, and experiences, individuals can gain insight into themselves, their emotions, and their behaviors. This process can help individuals better understand their motivations, desires, and values.

📓 Emotional Regulation: Journaling can be a tool for managing emotions. Writing about challenging experiences or feelings can help individuals process and make sense of them. It can also provide a safe outlet for expressing emotions, reducing stress, and promoting emotional well-being.

📓 Goal Setting and Planning: Journaling can aid in setting and tracking goals. By writing down goals, action plans, and progress, individuals can clarify their objectives and stay focused on achieving them. Journaling can also help individuals identify obstacles and brainstorm strategies for overcoming them.

📓 Creativity and Problem-Solving: Journaling can stimulate creativity and problem-solving skills. Freewriting, brainstorming, or jotting down ideas can help individuals generate new insights, perspectives, and solutions to challenges they may be facing.

📓 Memory Enhancement: Keeping a journal can improve memory and retention. Writing about experiences, events, or lessons learned can help solidify them in memory. Additionally, reviewing past journal entries can provide a record of personal growth and development over time.

📓 Stress Reduction: Journaling can serve as a stress management tool. By expressing thoughts and feelings on paper, individuals can release pent-up emotions and reduce stress levels. Engaging in reflective writing can also promote a sense of calm and relaxation.

📓 Self-Discovery: Journaling can facilitate self-discovery and personal growth. Through introspection and exploration, individuals can uncover insights about themselves, their beliefs, and their aspirations. Journaling can be a journey of self-exploration and self-expression.

📓 Enhanced Communication: Journaling can improve communication skills. By practicing writing regularly, individuals can refine their ability to articulate thoughts and express themselves clearly and effectively. This can have benefits in personal relationships, professional settings, and creative endeavors.

As the waning moon encourages letting go and refining projects, incorporating both stretching to release physical tension and journaling with our stretching class to reflect on emotions can create a holistic practice of self-care and personal growth. 

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