ASHTANGA YOGA AUSTIN

Moon Days

In Ashtanga Yoga, we traditionally take rest from asana practice on the days of the new moon and full moon, respectively known as amavasya and purnima. On these days the gravitational forces of the sun and moon are greater and have a more significant 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 the body to restore itself. 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.
2020 Moon Days

 

January
Friday, January 10th – full
Friday, January 24th – new

February
Sunday, February 9th – full
Sunday, February 23rd – new

March
Monday, March 9th – full
Tuesday, March 24th – new

April
Tuesday, April 7th – full
Wednesday, April 22nd

May
Thursday, May 7th – full
Friday, May 22nd – new

June
Friday, June 5th – full
Sunday, June 21st – new

July
Sunday, July 5th – full
Monday, July 20th – new

August
Monday, August 3rd – full
Tuesday, August 18th – new

September
Wednesday, September 2nd – full
Thursday, September 17th – new

October
Thursday, October 1st – full
Friday, October 16th – new

November
Sunday, November 1st – full
Sunday, November 15th – new
Monday, November 30th – full

December
Monday, December 14th – new
Tuesday, December 29th – full

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