Full and new moon days (tithis) are yoga holidays and observed in the Ashtanga Yoga Tradition. Why do you ask?
The different phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s relative position to the sun. On full and new moon days the sun and moon are completely in line relative to the earth. The mass of these objects creates a gravitational pull that pronounces the ocean’s high and low tides. Similar to that of the earth, a comparable phenomenon occurs during this time within the human body system, which is predominantly made up of 70% water. The relative positions of these large masses create a flux of energetics which can also be comparable within yogic breathing and asana practices. The full moon is parallel to prana (upward moving force) on the inhalation and the new moon is parallel to the apanic (downward moving force) on the exhalation. During the full moon, our inclination within practice is to be more uplifted and energetic. The new moon works in opposite allowing us to be heavy, calm and possibly sluggish. When practicing yoga, it’s important to observe the happenings within the body and universe to allow rest for the body to heal and regenerate. Over time we become more familiar with the universal cycles as well as ourselves. Recognizing and respecting the regularities of our environment allow us to live in greater harmony with our surroundings, and most importantly ourselves. Take rest and enjoy the day off. You deserve it 😉
Please take note *Regular classes are still scheduled.
New Moon 2017
December, Monday 18th – No Mysore