Moondays Ashtanga Yoga Eindhoven

 

Moon days 2022:

Nieuwe Maan Volle Moon
4 Dec 19 Dec
2 Jan 18 Jan
1 Feb 16 Feb
2 Mar 18 Mar
1 Apr 16 Apr
30 Apr 16 May
30 May 14 Jun
29 Jun 13 Jul
28 Jul 12 Aug
27 Aug 10 Sept
25 Sept 9 Oct
25 Oct 8 Nov
23 Nov 8 Dec
23 Dec  

 

 

 

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 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.


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.

Source: Tim Miller | ashtangayogacenter.com

 

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