Why We Do not Practice on Moon Days

It has always been the tradition in Ashtanga Yoga to rest from āsana practice on new and full moon days.  Full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays.

Practising Ashtanga Yoga daily will bring us closer to our true nature and full potential as human beings. In this process we will become more attuned with natural cycles. Observing the Moon phases is part of our development as yoga practitioners as our internal flow of energy is affected by them. Prāṇā is the essence of life.  It keeps us alive and feeds and supports the energetic sheath within us. This sheath is called prāṇāyāma kosha. The Full Moon corresponds to an upward flow of energy (Sthoola Prāṇā), in which we tend to feel less grounded and emotional. The New Moon corresponds to a downward flow of energy (Apāna) that makes us feel calm more grounded but also at times a bit heavier and dull. During Full and New Moon āsana should not be practiced. 


Moon Days 2019

October
Sunday 13th ○ full moon
Monday 28th ● new moon

November
Tuesday 12th ○ full moon
Tuesday 26th ● new moon 

December
Thursday 12th ○ full moon
Thursday 26th ● new moon

Moon Days 2020

January
Friday 10th ○ full moon
Friday 24th ● new moon

February
Sunday 09th ○ full moon
Sunday 23rd ● new moon

March
Monday 09th ○ full moon
Tuesday 24th ● new moon

April
Wednesday 08th ○ full moon
Thursday 23rd ● new moon

May
Thursday 07th ○ full moon
Friday 22nd ● new moon

June
Friday 05th ○ full moon
Sunday 21st ● new moon

July
Sunday 05th ○ full moon
Monday 20th ● new moon

August
Monday 03rd ○ full moon
Wednesday 19th ● new moon

September
Wednesday 02nd ○ full moon
Thursday 17th ● new moon

October
Thursday 01st ○ full moon
Friday 16th ● new moon
Saturday 31st ○ full moon

November
Sunday 15th ● new moon
Monday 30th ○ full moon

December
Monday 14th ● new moon
Wednesday 30th ○ full moon