Moon DaysAshtanga Yoga Tradition
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.
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 Moon Days
|Full Moon||Sat, Jan 5||Fri, April 5||Tue, July 2||Sat, Sep 28|
|New Moon||Sun, Jan 20||Fri, April 19||Tue, July 16||Sun, Oct 13|
|Full Moon||Mon, Feb 4||Sat, May 4||Wed, July 31||Sun, Oct 27|
|New Moon||Tues, Feb 20||Sat, May 18||Thu, Aug 15||Tues, Nov 12|
|Full Moon||Wed, March 6||Mon, June 3||Fri, Aug 30||Tues, Nov 26|
|New Moon||Wed, March 20||Mon, Jun17||Fri, Sep 13||Wed, Dec 11|