Moondays Ashtanga Yoga Eindhoven


Moon days 2023:

New Moon Full Moon
  7 Jan
21 Jan 5 Feb
20 Feb 7 March
21 March 6 Apr
20 Apr 16 Apr
30 Apr 5 May
19 May 4 Jun
18 Jun 3 Jul
17 Jul 1 Aug
16 Aug 31 Aug
15 Sept 29 Sep
14 Oct 28 Oct
13 Nov 27 Nov
13 Dec  27 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 |


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