Moon days are special importance to all the ancient cultures including in India. People fast and remember their ancestors and pray for their soul’s liberation etc. The cosmic energies and the gravity bonding of the earth and the moon in relation to the sun affects our body and energies in upward or downward. This time is well-used introspection and unrelating self from the ego. Many western Ashtangi only relates it to Sri K Pattabhi Jois book – Yoga Mala. Even Hatha Yoga Pradeepika explains this beautiful mystery in depths.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is physically demanding, therefore, every full moon and new moon is a day off. However, it depends if you are practising a few asana, pranayama, Chanting and Meditation then Full Moon is a day to bring up the energies.
Moon Days of 2017
You can also find the Moon Days based on your location here. The list below represents the Moon Days in Heidelberg, Germany for current and upcoming months:
6th Full Moon
20th New Moon
5th Full Moon
19th New Moon
4th Full Moon
18th New Moon
3rd Full Moon
18th New Moon
More on Full Moon
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 the 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 expensive, 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. Read more on my blog – Click Here