2013 Moon Days (No morning Mysore practice)
Moon days are traditionally observed as rest days.
Week-day Morning Mysore classes will not run on Moon days.
We follow the dates listed for Sydney Australia; if the moon falls after 11pm, it is observed on the following day.
* Guru Purnima - Guru's Birthday
|NEW MOON|| || || || || || FULL MOON|
|Sat Jan 12|| || || || || ||Sun Jan 27|
|Sun Feb 10|| || || || || ||Tue Feb 26 |
|Tue Mar 12|| || || || || ||Wed Mar 27 |
|Wed Apr 10|| || || || || ||Thurs Apr 25 |
|Fri May 10|| || || || || ||Sat May 25|
Sun Jun 9
| || || || || ||Sun Jun 23|
|Mon Jul 8|| || || || || ||Tue Jul 23 |
|Wed Aug 7|| || || || || ||Wed Aug 21 |
Thu Sep 5
| || || || || ||Thu Sep 19|
|Sat Oct 5|| || || || || ||Sat Oct 19|
Mon Nov 4
| || || || || ||Mon Nov 18 |
Tue Dec 3
| || || || || ||Tue Dec 17|
|Wed Jan 1|| || || || || || |
Following is information from Tim Miller's website on the reason why the full and new moon days are observed as rest days in the Ashtanga practice tradition:
"Both full and new moon days are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. What is the reasoning behind this?
Like all things of a watery nature (human beings are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the moon’s 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 and emotional, but not well grounded. The Upanishads state that the main prana lives in the head. During the full moon we tend to be more headstrong.
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 towards physical exertion.
The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest.Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it."