Moon Days

The morning Mysore Style classes are replaced by a Pranayama class,

open to all, from 6:30 to 8:00 am.

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Full moon
New Moon

Sun 02, Jan.

Wed 01, Feb.

Tue 02, Tue.

Fri 01, Apr.

 Mon 16, May.

Tue 14, June

Wed 13, Jul

Fri 12, Aug.

Sat 10, Sep.

Sun 09, Oct.

Mar 08, Nov.

Thu 08, Dec.

Wed 18, Jan.

Wed 16, Feb.

Fri 18, Tue.

Sat 16 & 30, Apr.

Mon 30, May.

Wed 29, June

Thu 28, Jul.

Sat 27, Aug.

Sun 25, Sep.

Tue 25, Oct.

Wed 23, Nov.

Thu 23, Dec.

Observe

In 2020, we attended a Vinyasa Krama Yoga Teacher training course with Srivatsa Ramaswami who was a student of Krishnamacharya. When questioned about moon days, Ramaswami said that during 33 years of study with Krishnamacharya, they continued with classes and practice regardless of the phases of the moon and that this did not form any part of Krishnamacharya’s teaching.

 

It is likely that within the lineage of ashtanga vinyasa, “the tradition of resting on moon days” began with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His teacher, T. Krishnamacharya, did not observe moon days or mention them in his magnum opus Yoga Makaranda (1934).

 

The convention came about from a time in India when most teachers (like Jois) were Brāmaṇas - priestly caste. On full moons and new moons the Brāmaṇas have many temple duties and rites to attend to so that it meant that they didn’t have time to teach on those days. Although there were no taught classes, students were still expected to continue with their studies.

It is true that the period of Moon days of fluctuations affect us in different ways, but it is not just the Moon that affects us, it is enough to simply observe, adapt the practice, and accept the moment, the reality as it is. She is, what should be done in every moment of life.

 

Ashtanga Yoga Lausanne We don't have a strict rule that you have to take a break from asana practice.  We have thought that if we have the opportunity to learn Pranayama once or twice a month, by that we take a moment to simply observe our breathing, not to control it. 

 

Maybe we can be aware of something,

something that is missing in the practice of postures (Asana).