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. 

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Monday 1st – full
Tuesday 16th – new
Wednesday 31st – full

Thursday 15th- new

Thursday 1st – full
Saturday 17th – new
Saturday 31st – full

Sunday 15th – new
Sunday 29th – full

Monday 14th – new
Tuesday 29th – full

Wednesday 13th – new
Wednesday 27th- full

Thursday 12th – new
Friday 27th- full

Friday 10th  – new 
Sunday 26th- full

Sunday 9th – new
Monday 24th – full

Monday 8th – new
Wednesday 24th – full

Wednesday 7th – new
Thursday 22nd – full

Thursday 6th – new
Saturday 22nd – full