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.

2023 Moon Days

 

January

January 6th – Full
January 21st – New

February

February 5th – Full
February 20th – New

March

March 7th – Full
March 21st – New

April

April 5th – Full
April 19th – New

May

May 5th – Full
May 19th – New

June

June 3rd – Full
June 17th – New

July

July 3rd – Full
July 17th – New

August

August 1st – Full
August 16th – New
August 30th – Full

September

September 14th – New
September 29th – Full

October

October 14th – New
October 28th – Full

November

November 13th – New
November 27th – Full

December

December 12th – New
December 26th – Full