I’m really excited to have been asked to review the Moon Journal 2019, especially as the author, Ingvild Skodvin Prestegard, is a fellow Dru teacher and so the journal really resonates with my own teaching and the way Dru yoga incorporates positive statements and affirmations in every sequence and asana.
The book is a handy paperback size and very practical to carry around and use on a daily basis. There is plenty of space to record personal thoughts and feelings throughout the year. But, don’t expect it to replace a traditional diary. The focus is entirely on the major phases of the moon so there are only two dates given each month (the new and the full moon). The year itself is split into eight sections rather twelve, explained in the introduction as the Wheel of the Year marking the changes of daylight.
Ingvild invites you to use the space provided (partly lined and partly blank) to record your intentions and achievements at each stage. Your reflections could take the form of writing, drawings or a mixture of both depending on what works best for you. She also suggests that you look back at your previous entries so that you can reflect on your progress. Each moon stage is accompanied by a few sentences to use as the focus for meditation with a positive statement (affirmation) in blue italics at the bottom of the same page.
I really like the practical workbook style of this journal and how Ingvild supports you with bonus online material (for example, you can download a larger version of the Wheel of the Year as a meditation aid). She also has a thriving online community on Facebook where you can share your experience of the journal with others and find videos explaining the moon phases further. This makes the journal more of a starting point than just a publication in itself and it’s up to you to exploit the resources Ingvild provides to turn the journal into something special and personal by the end of next year. This is definitely not a book to leave gathering dust on a shelf.
I was surprised at first that only the major phases were actually printed with dates but you could always write the other days in yourself and maybe even note personal feeling and emotions – keeping daily reflections to just one or two words. The journal’s simplicity makes it easier to remain focused on the moon phases. The photographs of nature, some clearly taken in the author’s home country of Norway, are lovely and illustrate the seasons well. The meditations are short but appropriate to each season. They are a great starting point for guided meditations and I will be using them in my classes next year, but I think the “meditation” segments need to be more detailed to use alone at home.
On the whole, the Moon Journal is a brilliant resource for teachers and lay people alike. It is available on Amazon for £17.65 (http://amzn.eu/aANou62) which isn’t cheap for such a simple book but worth it when you consider the additional online support and content the author provides. I’m definitely looking forward to using the journal to follow the moon phases in my classes next year.
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