Moon Days

It takes the moon about 27.3 days to travel it’s complete orbit around the earth and it’s moon phase cycle is 29.53 days. With the months being 28 to 31 days long it makes the Full Moon and New Moon fall on a different day of the month every year.

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Ashtanga Yoga practitioners, practicing 6 days a week, should not practice* on the days of the new or full moon. Please take a rest from your practice on the following days:

July 01 (Full Moon)

July 15 (New Moon)

July 31 (Full Moon)

August 14  (New Moon)

August 29 (Full Moon)

September 13th (New Moon)

September 27th (Full Moon)

October 12th (New Moon)

October 27th (Full Moon)

November 11th (New Moon)

November 25th (Full Moon)

December 11th (New Moon)

December 25th (Full Moon)

*Like all things in the nature, 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.  Both positions (full and new moon) 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. 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.

Some farmers recommend 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 natural rhythms so we can live in greater harmony with the nature.

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