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 60-70% 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.


Tuesday 02nd ○ full moon
Wednesday 17th ● new moon
Wednesday 31st ○ full moon

Thursday 15th ● new moon

Friday 02nd ○ full moon
Saturday 17th ● new moon
Saturday 31st ○ full moon

Monday 16th ● new moon
Monday 30th ○ full moon

Tuesday 15th ● new moon
Tuesday 29th ○ full moon

Wednesday 13th ● new moon
Thursday 28th ○ full moon

Friday 13th ● new moon
Friday 27th ○ full moon

Saturday 11th ● new moon
Sunday 26th ○ full moon

Sunday 09th ● new moon
Tuesday 25th ○ full moon

Tuesday 09th ● new moon
Wednesday 24th ○ full moon

Wednesday 07th ● new moon
Friday 23rd ○ full moon

Friday 07th ● new moon
Saturday 22nd ○ full moon