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.

2019

January
Saturday 5th – new
Sunday 20th – full

February
Monday 4th- new
Tuesday 19th – full

March
Wednesday 6th – new
Wednesday 20th – full

April
Thursday 4th – new
Thursday 18th – full

May
Saturday 4th – new
Saturday 18th – full

June
Monday 3rd – new
Monday 17th- full

July
Tuesday 2nd – new
Tuesday 16th- full
Wednesday 31st  – new 

August
Thursday 15th  – full 
Saturday 31st- new

September
Friday 13th – full
Saturday 28th – new

October
Sunday 13th – full
Sunday 27th – new

November
Tuesday 12th – full
Tuesday 26th – new

December
Wednesday 11th – full
Wednesday 25th – new

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