Why is The Shala closed on Moon Days?
Full and New Moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition.
Human beings are composed of about 70% water; as such, we, like the ocean, are affected by the phases of the moon. Both the sun and the moon exert a gravitational pull on the earth. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon's relative position to the sun, and these relative positions create different energetic experiences. On these "moon days", the sun and the moon are in a line relative to the position of the earth. As a result, their gravitation forces are all combined, and thus their effect is more pronounced. The full moon creates an upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, but not well grounded. The new moon creates a downward moving force that makes us feel calm and grounded, but heavy and less inclined toward physical exertion.
As we practice Ashtanga more regularly, we begin to gain a greater appreciation for these forces on our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. We thus observe the moon days as a way to recognize and honor the natural rhythm of the moon cycle, and allow our bodies to rest and heal.
Moon Day Schedule 2016
Saturday 9th--New Saturday 23rd--Full
Monday 8th--New Monday 22nd--Full
Tuesday 8th--New Wednesday 23rd--Full
Thursday 7th--New Friday 22nd--Full
Friday 6th--New Saturday 21st--Full
Saturday 4th--New Monday 20th--Full
Monday 4th--New Tuesday 19th--Full
Tuesday 2nd--New Thursday 18th--Full
Thursday 1st--New Friday 16th--Full (Lunar Eclipse)
Sunday 16th--Full Sunday 30th--New
Monday 14th--Full Tuesday 29th--New
Tuesday 13th--Full Thursday 29th--New