week 3
full Moon

 
 

Full Moon Magic

Greetings, goddess.  This is a very special day! This Full Moon will give us a potent boost of external energy that we can use to focus on new projects, aspects of ourselves, or new relationships. 

The Full Moon is a time to release and surrender what has been manifested since the New Moon. It is a time to let go of what was and step into what IS. 

The Full Moon illuminates our shadows so we can embrace and see what is being called for release. When we let go of something, we create space for something new! 


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Releasing ceremony

This is a ritual you can do each month, on every full moon. The full moon is a time for community, celebration and to be with others so gather a friend (or several) and take part in this when the moon is big and bright! 

Find someplace cozy and gather the following items:
a candle + lighter (or a fire if you can be outside!)
a journal + pen,
any crystals or gemstones that feel special to you

 
 
Click above to access this guide for the Full Moon!

Click above to access this guide for the Full Moon!

 

Art by Hanako Mimiko

Art by Hanako Mimiko

what to expect during the full  moon phase

 

The Full Moon, or Mother Phase is the midway point of the Moon's cycle, and your own cycle. In YOUR inner moon cycle, this the most "ripe" you'll be! Your body is ovulating and

For many women, this part of their cycle can feel confusing or just plain odd. One on hand, your body is filled with all of this energy; like it could burst out! But also, during ovulation, you experience a sudden change in hormones that can feel like a mini-period. So your energy is high but then quickly drops causing moodiness and even bodily sensations that feel like a period. Click below to learn how to harness the energy during this phase of your cycle so it can work for you! 


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This week's guest: ZOË KORS

Zoë is committed to transforming the way we hold our sexuality—both individually and culturally—and to creating a compassionate, loving world through the cultivation of a sisterhood of wildly-expressed women.

Zoë is the former Senior Editor and Creative Director of LA Yoga Magazine and Origin Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, and Aloha.com. Her article, “6 Ways to Have Radically Intimate Sex”, quickly went viral and is currently at nearly 2 million views with 20,000 Facebook shares.

She is a certified Co-Active Coach with the prestigious Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, and has a thriving private practice. Zoë’s work reflects her extensive study of Tantra, Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, breathwork, and other Eastern disciplines, which she blends with more process-oriented modalities of Western psychotherapy and Co-Active Coaching. Learn more at www.zoekors.com



Zoë and  I talked about sexuality, nicknames for vulvas, and what healing can look like for any woman!


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Nutrition for the Full moon phase

During your Full Moon or Ovulatory Phase, your body's estrogen levels start to rise again and you’ll notice an increase in energy and sex drive. Because of increased estrogen levels,  your pituitary gland produces a luteinizing hormone to stimulate ovulation.  Since you have plenty of natural energy at this time, go easy on sugars and carbohydrates during this phase of your cycle.  Remember, this phase is “summer” so favor lighter cooking methods like steaming, or even raw salads.  Eating a lot of fruits and veggies will help push the surplus of estrogen through your body!

Incorporate these foods into your diet:
brussels sprouts, dandelion greens, chard, okra, spinach, cantaloupe, figs, raspberries, strawberries, red lentils, quinoa, corn, lamb, salmon, shrimp, tuna, and be liberal with your use nuts like almonds, pecans, and pistachios!


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action item for this week

This week, we're going to start a food journal. Food is one of the biggest factors in regulating your cycle. Your endocrine system’s functioning depends on the foods that you eat. Grab a shiny new notebook (or create a spreadsheet) and get to tracking your food! It’s amazing to get to know yourself on a such a deep level, so the more detailed you can be with your food journal, the better!

How to start a food journal:

 Use a notebook or start an excel or Google doc spreadsheet. Create a table, like the one below. 

Each day, for at least 2 weeks (preferably 1 month!), mark down what you ate, at what time, and any other notes, like the table below. Notes could include any headaches, menstrual issues, bowel movement issues, irritability, fatigue, etc.  The more detailed, the better!

Over time, you'll notice a pattern in what you eat, and how you feel.  Notice if you feel more tired right before your period.  Notice if you have bloating or constipation during certain phases of your cycle.  Writing down your food is a great way to gain tons of insight into what you're actually consuming.  Don't be ashamed of what you write down; you are the only person looking at your food journal, so be honest and objective.  Often, the first step in changing how we do something, is just by becoming aware of it. 






"A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.” 

-Clarissa Pinkola Estés