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 in 2018  

Tuesday 02nd ○ full moon
Wednesday 17th ● new moon
Wednesday 31st ○ full moon

Thursday 15th ● new moon

Friday 02nd ○ full moon
Saturday 17th ● new moon
Saturday 31st ○ full moon

Monday 16th ● new moon
Monday 30th ○ full moon

Tuesday 15th ● new moon
Tuesday 29th ○ full moon

Wednesday 13th ● new moon
Thursday 28th ○ full moon

Friday 13th ● new moon
Friday 27th ○ full moon

Saturday 11th ● new moon
Sunday 26th ○ full moon

Sunday 09th ● new moon
Tuesday 25th ○ full moon

Tuesday 09th ● new moon
Wednesday 24th ○ full moon

Wednesday 07th ● new moon
Friday 23rd ○ full moon

Friday 07th ● new moon
Saturday 22nd ○ full moon