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The Waxing Crescent Moon

Tonight ( Feb 19)  the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the western sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset.

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Kapha will be predominant between 6 and 10 p.m.  and its qualities are predominant as we move toward spring.   Kapha’s qualities include cold, soft, dense, static and slow.  
Calming, not too glamorous, but steadying.  The mucus quality of Kapha , which resides in the chest, may be more prominent as the moon moves into a full state.  Kapha in the body is soma. 
 
Soma is the moon ( Surya, on the other hand, is the sun –  Surya Namaskar, the sun salutation, is fiery. )
The Moon Salutation is cool and calming. I will be teaching it tomorrow ( Saint James, noon) and other qualities of this quiet, transitional time of year.
 
Ayurveda tip for tonight:  As part of your body care ritual, your nails reflect your good health :  
 
The hair, beard, and nails should be trimmed twice a month, preferably during the waxing period of the moon.
The nails should be clipped, scrubbed, and buffed with a small amount of sesame oil.
The cuticles should never be clipped, but gently pushed back with the blunt end of a nail file.

Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m I will be leading the joint warmup ( Darsha Chalana, the ten churning) prior to the regular 7 p.m. Contemplative Meditation practise at Saint James Episcopal Church, Duke at Walnut Sts, Lancaster Pennsylvania.
Sat Nam