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.

~ Moon Day explanation and dates from Tim Miller at The Ashtanga Yoga Center, Carlsbad Ca. 


2019 Moon Days & Astrology

Shala will be closed on the following dates. Use these rest days for subtle, personal practices such as: reading/research, journaling, cleaning, gardening, cooking, spending quiet time in nature, art projects, and self-care rituals.


January 5 - New in Capricorn
January 20 - Full in Leo


February 4 - New in Aquarius
February 19 - Full in Virgo


March 6 - New in Pisces
March 20 - Full in Libra


April 4 - New in Aries
April 19 - Full in Libra


May 4 - New in Taurus
May 17 - Full in Scorpio


June 3 - New in Gemini
June 17 - Full in Sagittarius


July 2 - New in Cancer
July 16 - Full in Capricorn


July 31 - New in Leo
August 15 - Full in Aquarius


August 30 - New in Virgo
September 13 - Full in Pisces


September 27 - New in Libra
October 13 - Full in Aries


October 27 - New in Scorpio
November 12 - Full in Taurus


November 26 - New in Sagittarius
December 11 - Full in Gemini


December 25 - New in Capricorn