Sync your Cycle with the Moon
At the center of every woman there is a feminine essence. By nature women are lunar. It's no coincidence that the length of our menstrual cycles are synced up with the waxing and waning of the moon, occurring around every 28 days.
When synced up with the moon's cycle, we will menstruate around the new moon and ovulate around the full moon. And while your body may not already be in harmony with the moon, there are particular things to keep in mind, and practices to do, that can help regulate your cycle.
When your body and the moon are synced up, you will no longer dread your cycle, rather you will see it as an opportunity to "go with the flow."
Here are some ways to regulate your cycle to help you "go with the flow."
1. During the new moon, look inward.
When your hormonal cycle is in sync with the moon, the time between the new moon and the full moon is when estrogen increases, eventually reaching its peak levels and stimulating ovulation at the full moon. When in sync with the moon, the new moon is the time to bleed.
Making the new moon is a great time for women to look inward, honor their bodies and assess their lives. What is working and what isn't working? It is a time to set intentions and to cleanse the body and mind of stale energy and stagnation.
In many cultures, women would join together with other women in a "moon lodge" to collectively tap into their feminine energy, as well as the lunar energy, during the new moon. These traditions are still widely practiced today. Recently, I read about the healing properties our mensural blood has on the earth. There are many who come together today to bleed onto the earth to heal it.
2. The full moon is a time of expression.
If your cycle is synced with the moon, the full moon is the time you ovulate. As mentioned before once estrogen levels peak ovulation, the release of an egg occurs. Ovulation is a beautiful metaphor for manifestation. The full moon is a time for full expression of who we are and what we have created between mensuration and now.
In order to tap into the energy of the moon try is taking "a moon bath." In other words, go outside for at least fifteen minutes and soak in the beautiful moon. My personal full moon ritual involves dancing in the moon light barefoot to some of my favorite Goddess tunes.
You may want to join together with other women during the time of the full moon. Use this time to express your feminine energy alongside other women. Take a dance class with your girl friends or do whatever other ritual works for you. Let the energy flow!
3. Expand your awareness and ask a lot of questions about the color, quality, quantity and cycle length of your flow.
Paying attention to these questions can also give us clues to imbalances and remedies to fix them.
Here is a good question to start with: what is a normal flow? A normal healthy cycle should consist of red blood with little clots. Brown blood is "old blood" because it lacks oxygenation. It can be normal to start and end the flow with a little brown blood, though it is a sign of stagnation to see brown blood throughout your flow. Typically, it takes 3-5 days to completely shed the lining of your uterus and make way for your next cycle.
Do you struggle with menstrual irregularities, PMS, menopause problems and other complaints specific to women? You may benefit from Yoni Egg Medicine. This is a workshop designed to strengthen your Yoni, illuminate your connection to the Goddess nature and sync your cycle to the moon. Participants in the worksop will get to take home their very own Jade Egg to use in their embodiment practice. You can find more information here. Spots are limited so please reserve your place soon.
Sending you so much love and gratitude.