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Moon days

On moon days, the morning Mysore Style classes are replaced by a Pranayama class, open to all, from 6.30am to 8.00am.

New moon
Full Moon

Thu 11, janv.

Fri 09, fév.

Sat 10, mar.

Mon 08, avr.

  Wed 08, mai.

Thu 06, juin

Sat 06, juil.

Sun 04, aoû.

Tue 03, sep.

Wed 02, oct.

Fri 01, nov.

Sun 01, & 30, déc.

Thu 25, janv.

Sat 24, fév.

Mon 25, mar.

Wed 24, avr.

Thu 23, mai.

Sat 22, juin

Sun 21, juil.

Mon 19, aoû.

Wed 18, sep.

Thu 17, oct.

Fri 15, nov.

Sun 15, déc.

We studied Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Srivatsa Ramaswami, who was a student of Krishnamacharya. When asked about moon days, Ramaswami replied that during the 33 years of study with Krishnamacharya, they continued classes and practice regardless of moon phases and that this was not part of Krishnamacharya's teaching. 


It is likely that in the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage, "the tradition of resting on moonlit days" began with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His teacher, T. Krishnamacharya, did not observe moon days, nor did he mention them in his magnum opus Yoga Makaranda (1934).


The convention arose from a time in India when most teachers (like Jois) were Brāmanas - priestly caste. On full moons and new moons, Brāmanas had to attend to numerous temple duties and rites, which meant they had no time to teach on those days. Although there were no classes taught, students still had to continue their studies.


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

At Ashtanga Yoga Lausanne, we don't have a strict rule that you have to take a break from asana practice. We think it's a good opportunity to practice Pranayama on those days, by which we take a moment to simply observe our breathing and become aware of it, not to control it. 


Perhaps we can be aware of something, something that's missing in the practice of asana.

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