ASHTANGA YOGA AUSTIN

Moon Days

In Ashtanga Yoga, it has always been a tradition to take to rest from asana practice on the days of the new moon, known as amavasya, and the full moon, known as purnima. The reason for this is that on these days, the gravitational forces of the sun and moon are greater and have a more pronounced effect on the planets. One observable effect of the sun and moon’s gravitational pull on the earth is that the ocean’s tides are higher and lower on these days. Their relative positions also create different energetic experiences. During the new moon, students can sense a heaviness and feel too tired to practice. During the full moon, the energy can often be frenetic and students are thought to be more prone to injury. Allowing extra rest on these days is therefore important for regeneration. Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us tune into the natural cycles of our bodies and our environment. Observing moon days keeps us in touch with these cycles of nature and brings us into greater harmony with it.

2018 Moon Days

 

January 
Monday 1st – full
Tuesday 16th – new
Wednesday 31st – full

February
Thursday 15th – new

March
Thursday 1st – full
Saturday 17th – new

April
Sunday 1st – full
Sunday 15th – new
Sunday 29th – full

May
Tuesday 15th – new
Tuesday 29th – full

June
Wednesday 13th – new
Thursday 28th – full

July
Friday 13th – new
Friday 27th – full

August
Friday 10th  – new 
Sunday 26th – full

September
Sunday 9th – new
Monday 24th – full

October
Monday 8th – new
Wednesday 24th – full

November
Wednesday 7th – new
Thursday 22nd – full

December
Thursday 6th – new
Saturday 22nd – full

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