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Moon days 2017

Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. What is the reasoning behind this?

Like all things of a waterly nature (human beeings 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 Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.

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.

Practising Ashtanga yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.


Full moon 12.jan

New moon 28.jan


Full moon 11.feb

New moon 26.feb


Full moon 12.mar

New moon 28.mar


Full moon 11.apr

New moon 26.apr


Full moon 10.mai

New moon 25.mai


Full moon 9.jun

New moon 24.jun


Full moon 9.jul

New moon 23.jul


Full moon 7.aug

New moon 21.aug


Full moon 6.sept

New moon 20.sept


Full moon 5.okt

New moon 19.okt


Full moon 4.nov

New moon 18.nov


Full moon 3.des

New moon 18.des