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MOON DAYS 2017

At Ashtanga Yoga Space we teach Monday - Friday. However, For daily practitioners we recommend taking rest on the below days.

The school will be open on the below days however Moon days are traditionally observed as rest days. 

The dates listed for Sydney Australia; if the moon falls after 11pm, it is observed on the following day.

FULL MOON       NEW MOON    
jan 12 thu   jan 28 sat
feb 11 sat   feb 27 mon
mar 13 mon   mar 28 tue
apr 11 tue   apr 26 wed
may 11 thu   may 26 fri
jun 9 fri   jun 24 sat
jul 9 sun   jul 23 sun
aug 8 tue   aug 22 tue
sep 6 wed   sep 20 wed
oct 6 fri   oct 20 fri
nov 4 sat   nov 18 sat
dec 4 sat   dec 18 mon

Following is information from Tim Miller's website on the reason why the full and new moon days are observed as rest days in the Ashtanga practice tradition: 


http://www.ashtangayogacenter.com/moon.html

"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 watery nature (human beings 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.

The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest.

Practicing 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."

 

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