How Moon Cycle applies to Practice

Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. Like all things of a watery nature (humans are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by its relative position to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. Both sun and 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 expansive upward moving force that makes us feel energetic But emotional, not well grounded.

The new moon energy corresponds to the end of exhalation when the force of apana is greatest. Apana is a contracting downward moving force that makes us feel calm And grounded but dense and disinclined toward physical exertion.

2022 Full/New Moon Days
Sunday 2 New
Monday 17 Full
Monday 31 New
Wednesday 16 Full
Wednesday 2 New
Friday 18 Full
Thursday 31 New
Saturday 16 Full
Saturday 30 New
Sunday 15 Full
Monday 30 New
Tuesday 14 Full
Tuesday 28 New
Wednesday 13 Full
Thursday 28 New
Thursday 11 Full
Saturday 27 New
Saturday 10 Full
Sunday 25 New
Sunday 9 Full
Tuesday 25 New
Tuesday 8 Full
Wednesday 23 New
Wednesday 7 Full
Friday 23 New