Moving with the Moon

Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle and Beyond

by Ana Davis

The Complete Guide to Yoga for your Menstrual Cycle and Menopause

Did you know your menstrual cycle is connected to the phases of the moon and you can enjoy greater health and vitality by practising specific yoga sequences for every changing stage in your monthly cycle?

Moving with the Moon is a comprehensive ‘health bible’ for women and will help you fall in love with your monthly and life cycles. It showcases a huge repertoire of yoga postures, sequences and tips on therapeutic modifications and prop use, all overlaid with a passionately nurturing and self-sustaining approach to yoga and self-care.

The director and founder of Bliss Baby Yoga offers you a deeper understanding of your cycling body, helping to balance your hormones and your life, and empowering you with dedicated practices to boost your health, energy and wellbeing as a woman.

It doesn’t matter what age you are; you will gain valuable tips and inspiration on therapeutic practices to give you more energy and vitality—whether you are a younger woman or are blossoming into menopause, the ‘second spring’ of your life.

“I love this beautiful book for its careful and thorough descriptions of the asanas in the context of the menstrual cycle and contemporary women’s lives. Ana Davis successfully integrates insights from the growing fields of menstrual awareness and women’s yoga with her own deep experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher.”

—Lara Owen, author of Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

10% of all profits from the sale of the ‘Moving with the Moon’ book and audio tracks is
donated to Art to Healing,  a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates the recovery of
women and girls globally who have been sold into sex slavery.

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Praise for “Moving with the Moon: Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation
for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle and Beyond” by Ana Davis

'A treasure trove of practices and advice with a reminder that being a woman carries different shades of being and that tuning into yourself is to tune to your womb. As you explore the practices and suggestions throughout, you’ll feel Ana’s expert and sensitive guidance and come away with tools for any age or stage of life. Moving with the Moon is a gem for women!'- Rachel Zinman, Author of Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda and Global Yoga Teacher, www.yogafordiabetesblog.com
'I have never come across such a comprehensive yet gentle exploration of the issues female practitioners face in their asana practice and beyond. A blessing to women in the growing yoga community, this book will evolve your practice and views about what it means to be a true yogini.’- Jessica Humphries, Editor, Australian Yoga Journal
‘One of the most important and groundbreaking books of the 21st century for women. This is essentially a revolutionary bible for women’s care of the womb. Ana Davis offers a powerful new voice and perspective in support of the rise of the Sacred Feminine without burnout.' - Lisa Fitzpatrick, author of 'Healing the Heart of Your Business: Sustainable Success for Heart-Centred Women.'

Moving with the Moon
Chapter Outline:

Part one: Context
Introduction: Stressing the Feminine
  • Healing the wounds: a feminine approach to yoga

Chapter One:  Honouring your cycle
  • A brief history of menstruation
  • Menstruation today

Part two: getting started
Chapter two: The ebb and flow of the womb
  • The monthly cycle: what’s actually going on?
  • Tracking your cycle
  • The lunar connection
  • The four energetic phases of your cycle

Chapter Three: Principles and guidelines for a Moving with the Moon practice
  • Key principles of a Feminine Yoga Practice
  • Guidelines for your Moving with the Moon home practice

Part three: Exploring the Four Phases
Chapter four: The Dark Moon: being with the flow
  • Changing the paradigm
  • A delicate phase
  • The imperative for rest
  • A time for reflection
  • A reality check
  • Practical ways to honour your Dark Moon bleeding time
  • Yoga for the Dark Moon Phase
Dark Moon Yoga Sequences: postures and practices to support your menstrual phase
  • Classical Dark Moon Menstrual Sequence
  • Dark Moon Late Menstrual Sequence
  • Express Dark Moon Practice
Chapter five: The Waxing Moon: re-emerging
  • Our masculine phase
  • Pace yourself
  • Yoga for your Waxing Moon phase

Waxing moon Yoga Sequences: postures and practices to support your post-menstrual phase
  • Waxing Moon Post-Menstrual Sequence
  • Busy Days Nurturing Waxing Moon Sequence

Chapter six: The Full Moon: softening into the feminine
  • The biological imperative to procreate
  • The ‘big inhale’: the socially acceptable phase
  • On top of the world
  • Yoga for the Full Moon phase
Full Moon Yoga Sequences: Postures and Practices to support your ovulation phase
  • Classical Feminine Flow Full Moon Sequence
  • Busy Days Nurturing Full Moon Sequence

Chapter Seven: The Waning Moon: Creating Space
  • What causes PMS?
  • Is PMS all in your head?
  • Understanding created healing
  • The Premenstrual ‘truth serum’
  • Connecting with your creative self
  • Working with the cleansing energy of the waning moon
  • Strategies for moving through the Waning Moon phases gracefuly
  • Yoga for your Waning Moon phase
Waning Moon Yoga Sequences: Postures and Practices to support your premenstrual phase
  • Classical Waning Moon Premenstrual Sequence
  • Waning Moon Sequence for Exhaustion
  • Waning Moon Sequence for Nourishing the Nervous System

Part Four: Broadening the knowledge
Chapter eight: Menstrual Medicine: yoga for menstrual disorders
  • The stress connection: a fine balance
  • Yoga for stress relief
  • Menstrual medicine: guidelines for healing
  • Menstrual medicine: yoga for balancing your cycle
  • Common Menstrual Disorders—Menstrual Cramps:dysmenorrhea/ Heavy Periods: menorrhagia/ Fibroids/ Endometriosis/ Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / Amenorrhea/ Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Menstrual medicine: go-to postures and practices

Part five: Beyond the four phases
Chapter nine: the wise womb: embracing menopause
  • The seasons of a woman’s life
  • Understanding the phases of menopause
  • Building a bridge to menopause
  • Yoga for perimenopause and menopause
  • Developing your home practice for perinmenopause and menopause
  • Go-to postures and practices for perimenopause and menopause
  • Women’s Pawanmuktasana (Joint-Freeing) Sequenc

Conclusion: Reclaiming your feminine soulskin
Appendices
  • Understanding Ayurvedic Doshas
  • The Classical Women’s Postures
  • Restorative Postures for Women’s Health
  • Moving with the Moon playlist suggestions

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Ana’s approach

Moving with the moon is a creative and empowering process of adapting, changing, and crafting a feminine yoga practice from day to day. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, this book will unfurl and deepen your connection to the internal rhythm within your body.

More praise for “Moving with the Moon: Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation
for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle and Beyond” by Ana Davis

'A beautiful roadmap on how women can all live a life in tune with our natural rhythms, one that leads to fulfilment, creativity and a life of ease.'- Eve Grzybowski, author of 'Teach Yourself Yoga' and 'The Art of Adjustment'
'Ana’s suggestions will help women become more in tune with their bodies, a very necessary and important thing. This feminine approach to yoga holds much medicine for us all.' - Jane Hardwicke Collings, Midwife and Women’s Mysteries teacher
'In my own experience, establishing a simple yoga routine designed around changing needs throughout the cycle is a key to better menstrual health and wellbeing, and to developing access to a stable sense of embodied inner serenity. Restorative yoga practices alone can be a revelation for busy women, and especially as we get older. This clearly written book makes it possible to develop such a practice in the comfort of your own home.'- Lara Owen, author of 'Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation'
'Ana writes with passion and clarity while bringing through quotes, stories and wisdom from many inspired female writers and cultural traditions.'- Rachel Zinman, author of 'Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda'

Moving with the Moon
Audio Tracks

These 22 Audio Tracks are an optional add-on to accompany Ana Davis’s book Moving with the Moon: Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of Your Menstrual Cycle and Beyond.

Practise along with Ana Davis as she guides you through relaxing and healing meditations, visualisations, deep relaxation and breathing practices that are designed especially for each phase of your menstrual cycle.

These lush feminine-yoga practices are also beneficial for your perimenopausal and menopausal phases and for supporting optimal fertility.

‘The audio tracks, recorded in Ana Davis’s soothing voice, are simply divine!’

Eve Grzybowski, Senior Yoga Teacher and author of Teach yourself Yoga and The Art of Adjustment.

(The Moving with the Moon Audio Tracks are available as a stand-alone purchase, or in conjuction with the Moving with the Moon print book or e-book).

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Track List for Moving with the Moon Audio Tracks

Foundational Feminine Breathing Practices

  • Track 1: The Soft Belly Breath
  • Track 2: The Apana Breath
  • Track 3: The Feminine Alternate Nostril Breath
  • Track 4: Viloma Pranayama

Dark Moon (Menstrual) Phase Practices

  • Track 5: The Primordial Ooze Meditation
  • Track 6: Reflective Dark Moon Meditation
  • Track 7: Surrender to the Darkness Deep Relaxation
  • Track 8: Dark Moon Yoga Nidra

Waxing Moon (Post-Menstrual) Phase Practice

  • Track 9: Ujjayi Breath

Full Moon (Ovulation) Phase Practices

  • Track 10: Feminine Ovarian Breathing
  • Track 11: Light of the Full Moon Yoga Nidra
  • Track 12: Smile to your Heart—Chocolate Meditation
  • Track 13: Full Moon Lotus Meditation

Waning Moon (Pre-Menstrual) Practices

  • Track 14: Sitali Pranayama combined with Nadi Shodhana Exhale
  • Track 15: Brahmari (Humming Bee) Breath
  • Track 16: Kapalabhati Breath
  • Track 17: Waning Moon Yoga Nidra
  • Track 18: Waning Moon Detaching from the Emotions Meditation

Menstrual Medicine Practices

  • Track 19: Enquiry Meditation for Menorrhagia
  • Track 20: Open Heart Meditation for PMS

Perimenopause/Menopause Practices

  • Track 21: The Adrenal Breath
  • Track 22: Trusting in the Pause Pranayama
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About the author – Ana Davis

Ana Davis is a well known yoga teacher and teacher trainer specializing in yoga for women’s health. With an Honor’s Degree in Japanese Feminism, Ana has long been passionate about working with women’s experience and exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation for women’s monthly and life cycles.

Ana has been teaching yoga since 1996 and in 2005 founded Bliss Baby Yoga a well-respected organization offering prenatal, postnatal, fertility, and restorative yoga teacher training courses across Australia and internationally.

In 2013, Ana also founded Moving with the Moon, which offers workshops and classes on yoga for the menstrual cycle and menopause.

Moving with the Moon – Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle and Beyond represents a culmination of years of Ana’s research, teaching, and personal yoga practice as well as an overriding passion for women’s natural health and wellbeing.

Ana lives in Byron Bay with her husband and teenage son. When not practising or teaching yoga she enjoys cooking, gardening, dancing and drinking copious cups of tea in bed.

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‘If women can find a way to practise yoga that goes with rather than against their natural ebb and flow of energy, they can then carry this heightened awareness into all areas of their life—into their work, parenting, and all their relationships.’ — Ana Davis

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"I feel blessed to have experienced this holistic approach to teaching women's yoga.” Amanda, Women’s Yoga Teacher Training graduate, 2016
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"Such an incredible amount of resources were provided for my own personal life and yoga teaching. I would definitely recommend this course. I think many women are disillusioned by some yoga today. This course brings it back to what it really is about." Danielle, Women’s Yoga Teacher Training graduate, 2016
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“This course was packed full of valuable information to help support a pregnant mom through her entire pregnancy and into the first several months of motherhood. It gave me an abundance of tangible material that is available to refer back to. I am completely satisfied with the contents of this course, which is accessible to anyone, anywhere, interested in developing their skills for prenatal and postnatal yoga. I have already recommended it to other teachers at our studio.” Mary (USA), Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training graduate
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"Thank you so much for an amazing online course. I was so blown away by all the beautiful content and felt like I received such a deep level of learning from it. I have been craving more knowledge and depth into Yoga for Fertility and you well and truly delivered. I ran a small workshop from my home on Sunday to put what i had learnt to practice. It was an intimate group of 3 women and it was just so beautiful! Thank you again. I'm so so grateful!" Jenny (NSW, AUS), Online L1 Yoga for Fertility TT graduate, 2017