Moon Days

Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. What is the reasoning behind this?

Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the breath cycle. The full moon energy corresponds to the end of inhalation when the force of prana is greatest. This is an expansive, upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.

The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting, downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but dense and disinclined towards physical exertion.

The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.

2016

December
Tuesday 13th – full
Wednedsday 28th – new

2017

January
Wednesday 11th – full
Friday 27th – new

February
Friday 10th – full
Sunday 26th- new

March
Sunday 12th – full
Monday 27th – new

April
Monday 10th – full
Tuesday 25th – new

May
Wednesday 10th – full
Thursday 25th – new

June
Friday 9th – full
Friday 23rd – new

July
Saturday 8th- full
Saturday 22nd – new

August
Monday 7th- full
Monday 21st  – new

September
Tuesday 5th- full
Tuesday 19th – new

October
Thursday 5th – full
Thursday 19th – new

November
Friday 3rd – full
Friday 17th – new

December
Sunday 3rd – full
Sunday 17th – new

ASHTANGA YOGA AT AYC

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