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

APR 21

Mon 14th
Tues 27th

AUG 21

Sun 8th
Sun 23nd

MAY 21

Tues 11th
Tues 26th

SEPT 21

Mon 6th
Mon 20th

JUN 21

Thur 10th
Thur 24th

OCT 21

Wed 6th
Wed 20th

JUL 21

Fri 9th
Fri 23rd

NOV 21

Thur 4th
Fri 19th

Apr 21

Mon 12th
Tues 27th

JUN 21

Thur 10th
Thur 24th

MAY 21

Tues 11th
Wed 26th

JUL 21

Fri 9th
Fri 23rd
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.