Within the Ashtanga system, it's recommended that daily practitioners take rest on the days of the New Moon and Full Moon. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who introduced what eventually became known as "Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga" 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.
Within our Western "householder" yoga community, we have observed that it is important to offer classes uninterruptedly, as most of our 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 daily morning practice. Thus, we offer classes on Moon Days, however, we teach no new postures to students on those days.
For those students with a daily practice, we highly recommend that they observe moon days and rest from their practice, to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature - and so, live in greater harmony with it.
2019* January Saturday 5th – new Sunday 20th – full February Monday 4th- new Tuesday 19th – full March Wednesday 6th – new Wednesday 20th – full April Thursday 4th – new Thursday 18th – full May Saturday 4th – new Saturday 18th – full June Monday 3rd – new Monday 17th- full July Tuesday 2nd – new Tuesday 16th- full Wednesday 31st – new August Thursday 15th – full Saturday 31st- new September Friday 13th – full Saturday 28th – new October Sunday 13th – full Sunday 27th – new November Tuesday 12th – full Tuesday 26th – new December Wednesday 11th – full Wednesday 25th – new
*These dates are based on the lunar calendar here in the States.
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