Moon Days 2018 Within the Ashtanga system, it's recommended to rest on the days of the New Moon and Full Moon. The first Ashtanga Master, Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, would traditionally take the day off from teaching, on both the full and new moon, when he practiced rituals which took longer to complete on Moon Days. Within Indian teaching systems, it is felt that learning is less effective and students became more prone to error on Moon Days. The wisdom of this tradition comes from centuries of its practice across a variety of Indian arts and disciplines.
As many of our students at AYN are not daily asana practitioners, we have collectively chosen to offer classes on Moon Days, however, we will teach no new postures to students these days - only facilitate an existing practice. (We also offer classes on Saturdays, which is as well against current Ashtanga paradigms of practice.) Within our Western "householder" yoga community, we have observed that it is important to offer classes uninterruptedly, as many students are hampered by the constraints of living within an onerous Western socio-economic system that does not enable them to enjoy the privilege of a consistent daily morning practice.
For those students with a daily practice, we highly recommend that they observe moon days (noted below) and rest from their practice, to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature - and so, live in greater harmony with it.
January 1 - Full January 16 - New January 31 - Full February 15 - New March 1 - Full March 17 - New March 31 - Full April 15 - New April 29 - Full May 15 - New May 29 - Full June 13 - New June 28 - Full July 12 - New July 27 - Full August 11 - New August 26 - Full September 9 - New September 24 - Full October 8 - New October 24 - Full November 7 - New November 23 - Full December 7 - New December 22 - Full
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