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.

2024 Full/New Moon Days
Thursday 11 New
Thursday 25 Full
Friday 9 New
Saturday 24 Full
Sunday 10 New
Monday 25 Full
Monday 8 New
Tuesday 23 Full
Tuesday 7 New
Thursday 23 Full
Thursday 6 New
Friday 21 Full
Friday 5 New
Sunday 21 Full
Sunday 4 New
Monday 19 Full
Monday 2 New
Tuesday 17 Full
Wednesday 2 New
Thursday 17 Full

Friday 1 New
Friday 15 Full
Saturday 30 New
Sunday 15 Full
Monday 30 New