Working in harmony with the energy of the moon cycles sounds all very new age but in fact this practice has been observed for hundreds of years. Just like the moon effects the tides in earth's oceans, the gravitational effect can have an impact on us not least because the human body is around 70% water. Therefore, the phases of the moon represent the natural ebb and flow of life and harnessing the full and new moon energies in particular are known to be highly potent energetic portals.
A new moon is when the sun and the moon come into alignment and signifies new beginnings, planting the seeds for new ideas, setting your intentions and defining goals. A full moon is when the sun reflects its light onto the moon and luminates it in our night sky. There is a strong gravitational pull on earth at this time and the energy can be used to release yourself of anything that no longer serves you. This is a great time for cleansing your space of lower vibrations and feel renewed.
Both the new moon and the full moon phases offer an energetic portal that amplifies your intentions and effects of any mindful practice for manifestation. Try incorporating the dates of the new and/or full moon into your regular meditation and yoga practice and notice what experience you have.