2018

Ashtanga yogis should not practice on the days of the new or full moon.
 
Take your rest day on the day of the new or full moon.
2018
🌕 New Moon
🌑 Full Moon

JANUARY 
🌕 Wednesday 17th
🌑 Wednesday 31st 

 

FEBRUARY 
🌕 Thursday 15th

MARCH 
🌑 Friday 2nd

🌕 Saturday 17th

🌑 Saturday 31st

 

APRIL 
🌕 Monday 16th
🌑 Monday 30th 

MAY 
🌕 Tuesday 15th 
🌑 Thursday 29th

JUNE 
🌕 Wednesday 13th 
🌑 Thursday 28th

JULY 
🌕 Thursday 19th
🌑 Friday 27th 

 

AUGUST 
🌕 Saturday 11th
🌑 Sunday 26st

SEPTEMBER 
🌕 Sunday 9th
🌑 Tuesday 25th

 

OCTOBER 
🌕 Tuesday 9th
🌑 Wednesday 24th

 

NOVEMBER 
🌕 Wednesday 7th
🌑 Friday 23rd

DECEMBER 
🌕 Friday 7th
🌑 Saturday 22nd

For Ashtangis both full and new moon days are yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition.

Like all things of a watery nature (human bodies 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 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 recognise and honour the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.

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