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.

2017:

January:

Thursday 12th + Saturday 28th

February:

Saturday 11th +  Sunday 26th

March: 

Sunday 12th + Tuesday 28th

April:

Tuesday 11th + Wednesday 26th

May:

Wednesday 10th + Thursday 25th

June:

Friday 9th + Saturday 24th

July:

Sunday 9th + Sunday 23rd

August:

Monday 7th + Monday 21st

September:

Wednesday 6th + Wednesday 20th

October:

Thursday 5th + Thursday 19th

November:

Saturday 4th + Saturday 18th

December

Sunday 3rd +Monday 18th