the night was busy making the moon
so
I gathered my quilt
and softly
told my heart
we’d come back
tomorrow

~ Nayyirah Waheed

moon day CALENDAR

dec 20

Mon 14th
Weds 30th

Apr 21

Mon 12th
Thurs 27th

jan 21

Weds 13th
Thurs 28th

may 21

Tues 11th
Wed 26th

FEB 21

Thur 11th
Sat 27th

jun 21

Thurs 10th
Thurs 24th

mar 21

Sat 13th
Sun 28th

jul 21

Sat 10th
Sat 24th

Jan 21

Wed 13th
Thurs 20th

Mar 21

Sat 10th
Sat 24th

FEB 21

Thurs 11th
Sat 27th

APR 21

Mon 12th
Thur 27th
MOON DAYS
PURNIMA & AMAVASYA
There are no  classes on the full (purnima) or new (amayasa) moon. 

The observance of moon days originates from the Vedic philosophy ‘As above, so below’ where it is thought that the waxing and waning of the moon exerts a gravitational pull on the earth and our minds. The viewpoint is that the energy on the full and new moon days, made it easier to get injured, and that an injury caused at this time, would take longer to heal. In India yoga is commonly believed to be a practice of Vedic origin so it makes sense that the Vedic observances are applied to the yoga teachings.

 

It is out of respect for the knowledge and teachings of our forebearers that many students observe the moon days. The choice to adhere to this observance is personal, but it’s worth noting that committing to a lineage and its traditions offers us humility, thoughtfulness and discipline. From my own experience, as a modern practitioner living in a world that is increasingly disconnected from the natural environment, I have found that following the phases of the moon helps keeps me connected to the energy of nature. It also provides  time for other reflective practices, such as walking in nature, journaling, a longer pranayama or meditation, or simply more sleep. Rest is always good.