2017 Moon days
*no early morning Mysore practice on these days*
|Full moon:||New moon:|
|12 January – Thursday||28 January – Saturday|
|11 February – Saturday||27 February – Monday|
|13 March – Monday||28 March – Tuesday|
|11 April – Tuesday||26 April – Wednesday|
|11 May – Thursday||26 May – Friday|
|9 June – Friday||24 June – Saturday|
|9 July – Sunday||23rd July – Sunday|
|8 August – Tuesday||22 August – Tuesday|
|6 September – Wednesday||20 September – Wednesday|
|6 October – Friday||20 October – Friday|
|4 November – Saturday||18 November – Saturday|
|4 December – Monday||18 December – Monday|
Full moon and new moon days are days of rest in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition.
Through practising Yoga we become aware of our own tendencies and the natural cycles that occur within and around us. Hopefully, over time we are able to function more harmoniously with ourselves and with the environment we live in.
Observing moon days connects us with the functioning of the universe and makes us aware of the effect the universal energy can have on us individually.
The phases of the moon are felt throughout the natural world and humans, being 70% water are subject to the moonâs gravitational pull at different times of the month, giving rise to different energetic experiences.
The full moon is a time of heightened energy, of strength and abundance. It is likened to the end of the inhale when the upward force of prana is at its fullest. Whilst the new moon is a time of calmness, of introspection, the small pause before growth and expansion. It is likened to the end of the exhale, when the downward force of apana is greatest.
Because of these differences in energies it is advised to take rest from your yoga practice. It is also said that practitioners are more likely to injure themselves on moon days..therefore best to rest!