by nperez

February 24, 2019

Image of a young woman in the yoga position lizard pose, in front of the ocean, with text overlay: Last Quarter Moon Practice.

This week, we’re closing out our month of lunar yoga practices with a last quarter moon practice! The third quarter moon occurs one week after the full moon, and one week before the next new moon.

The last quarter moon is similar to the first quarter moon, in that it is also a half moon. But where the first quarter moon is a waxing moon (meaning it appears to be growing larger), the third quarter moon is waning (or appearing to become smaller).

Last Quarter Moon + Your Intentions

What does the last quarter moon mean for your new moon intentions?

Well, we are nearing the end of this lunar cycle, which means that you might start seeing your intentions manifest. However, do not despair if you don’t. Some intentions require that recommit to them time and time again before manifestation happens. Be patient with this process, my friend.

Some themes around the third quarter moon are release, letting go, and forgiveness. We are moving into a phase of surrender.

Whatever has happened during this cycle has happened. Whatever has gone well or not gone well is in the past.

During the coming week, we surrender our work over the Universe, knowing that we’ve done the best we could with what we had, and allowing the Universe to continue to guide our path.

The moon is gradually appearing to decrease in size as it makes its way back to the new moon phase. This is the time to let go of anything that we don’t want to bring with us into the next lunar cycle.

We must release and surrender in order to be ready to set new intentions, or recommit to intentions, during the next new moon.

Image of a young woman in the yoga position lizard pose, in front of the ocean, with text overlay: Align With the Last Quarter Moon: Third Quarter Moon Yoga Practice.
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Third Quarter Moon Gentle Yoga Practice

To help us align with the energy of this third quarter moon, we have gentle yoga practice that’s focused on hip opening.

The hips are where we tend to carry a lot of emotion…a lot of baggage. By opening into the hips, we invite some of that to come up so we can release it.

Allow yourself this time to surrender to your practice, and by extension, surrender to the Universe, knowing that it always has your back.

Join me on the mat to align with the energy of this last quarter moon.

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I am a yoga teacher who focuses on bridging the gap between what happens on the mat and life off the mat. Yoga is life – it is meant to be lived!

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  1. I Googled 3rd quarter moon yoga, this was the first page that came up…thank you! I absolutely loved it and especially loved your teaching style and pacing. Too many online/video teachers go too fast, this made me feel like I was in an actual class. Thank you again, Namaste.

    1. Hi Stacy,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this practice! If you ever want to join me for a live class online via Zoom, I’d be happy to have you!

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