Ashtanga Moon days

Moon Days,  2018

In ashtanga practice, it is tradition that practitioners take rest on moon days.


The simple answer relates to the nature of our practice.  As practitioners know it,   ashtanga is a practice of energetics, building energy through consistent breathing,  while working through a set sequence of asana.

On the new moon and days leading up to it, universal energy is low and as such, we don’t want to work on a practice that builds energy when Mother Earth is telling us to slow down and

take rest.  Likewise for the full moon, the earth’s energy is high and some would argue almost a bit crazy. Consequently, taking an energetic practice like ashtanga vinyasa only moves us further into this ‘crazy energy’ often creating a situation where injury is more likely.  On full moon days, it is suggested we take rest or enjoy some other light asana practice or activity!  In yoga, we are aiming for a nice evenly balanced energy in the body, adhering to the tradition of respecting moon days helps us to do this!

New moon days AST

  • January 16
  • February 15
  • March 17
  • April
  • May 15
  • June 13
  • July 12
  • August 11
  • September 9
  • October 9
  • November 7
  • December 7

Full moon days AST

  • January 1
  • January 31
  • March 1
  • March 31
  • April 29
  • May 29
  • June 28
  • July 27
  • August 26
  • September 24
  • October 24
  • November 23
  • December 22