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. 


2020 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.

Remaining 2019 Moon Days:

  • November 12 - Full in Taurus

  • November 26 - New in Sagittarius

  • December 12 - Full in Gemini


December 26, 2019 - New in Capricorn


January 10 - Full in Cancer
January 24 - New in Aquarius


February 8 - Full in Leo
February 23 - New in Pisces


March 9 - Full in Virgo
March 24 - New in Aries


April 7 - Full in Libra
April 22 - New in Taurus
May 7 - Full in Scorpio


May 22 - New in Gemini
June 5 - Full in Sagittarius
June 21 - New in Cancer


July 5 - Full in Capricorn
July 20 - New in Cancer


August 3 - Full in Aquarius
August 18 - New in Leo


September 2 - Full in Pisces
September 17 - New in Virgo


October 1 - Full in Aries
October 16 - New in Libra
October 31 - Full in Taurus


November 15 - New in Scorpio
November 30 - Full in Gemini


December 14 - New in Sagittarius
December 29 - Full in Cancer