The Eight Limbed Path

Moon Days

We keep to a lunar calendar and honor the moon days as days of rest. No class on Moon Days.

2019 mOON DAY SCHEDULE

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In the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, the Full Moon and the New Moon are treated as yoga holidays. Everything of a watery nature is influenced by the moon including the human body. The moon's phases, which represent change, are determined by its relationship to the sun.  The Full Moon is when the sun and moon are in opposition, and the New Moon is when the sun and moon are in conjunction.  Sun and Moon exert different gravitational pulls on the earth generating energetic experiences which can be compared to the breath cycle.

The Full Moon energy can be compared to the end of an inhalation. The prana (upward energy) is at its greatest as it moves towards the head. As a result we become head strong and emotional during the Full Moon as well as physically retain water.

The New Moon energy can be compared to the end of an exhalation.  The apana (downward energy) is at its greatest.  We become heavy, stiff, and tired in our bodies, more introspective and less emotional during the New Moon.  

Over time, as practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga we become attuned to the moon's natural cycles. Observing the moon days encourages us to be in touch nature in order to live in harmony with it. 

Source: Tim Miller 

 

 

Full Moon

January
Monday, January 21

February
Tuesday, February 19

March
Wednesday, March 20

April
Friday, April 19

May
Sunday, May 19

June
Monday, June 17

July
Tuesday, July 16

August
Thursday, August 15

September
Friday, September 13

October
Sunday, October 13

November
Tuesday, November 12

December
Thursday, December 12

 

 

New Moon

January
Sunday, January 6

February
Monday, February 4

March
Wednesday, March 6

April
Friday, April 5

May
Sunday, May 5

June
Monday, June 3

July
Tuesday, July 2

Wednesday, July 31

August
Friday, August 30

September
Sunday, September 29

October
Monday, October 28

November
Tuesday, November 26

December
Thursday, December 26