And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
With the creation of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day, God establishes time and rhythm on earth. The Bible says he calls the stars by name like a leader of an army calling forth each soldier. These heavenly lights are appointed to govern day and night, seasons, years, and sacred times.
In the yoga tradition, the sun and moon symbolize two parts of a whole. The sun represents the masculine and is characterized by heat, strength, effort, moving outward, and doing. The moon represents the feminine and is characterized by coolness, receptiveness, surrender, grace, moving inward, and being. Hatha Yoga, actually means Sun|Moon Yoga (Ha = sun and Tha = moon). A well-rounded yoga practice incorporates both halves of the whole. So, in this yoga practice we explore both halves of the whole – the first half of our practice is challenging and heat-building, and the second half is cooling and restorative.
As we flow, we inquire after the rhythms in our own life and how they’re serving us. What rhythm is God calling you to offer up and refresh?
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