Moon day calendar

In the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, we do not practice asanas on moon days.

The   Classes   morning sessions are replaced by a Pranayama class , open to all, from 6:30 am to 8:00 am.

What is the reasoning behind this?

Like all things of an aquatic nature (humans are about 70% water), we are affected by the phases of the moon. The phases of the moon are determined by the relative position of the moon in relation to the sun. Full moons occur when they are in opposition and new moons when they are in conjunction. The sun and the moon both exert a gravitational pull on the earth. Their relative positions create different energetic experiences that can be compared to the respiratory cycle.


The energy of the full moon provides energy and heat, it corresponds to the end of the inhalation, when the force of prana is greatest. It is an expansive upward moving force that makes us feel energetic and emotional, and can increase the tendency to lose touch with the earth, and to be less grounded.

The energy of the new moon corresponds to the end of the exhalation when the force of the apana is greatest. Apana is a downward force that contracts and makes us feel calm and grounded, yet dense and unwilling to physical exertion.

This imposed day of rest is also a way of cutting off the usual routine of a daily practice, and of detaching oneself from the practice.

Over time, the practice of yoga allows you to develop a greater sensitivity to movements and energetic influences.

New Moon
Full moon

Merc 13, Jan.

Thu 11, Feb.

Sat 13, Tue.

Mon 12, Apr

Mar 11, May.

Thu 10, June

Sat 10, Jul.

Sun 08, Aug.

Mar 07, sep.

Wed 06, Oct.

Thu 04, Nov

Sat 04, dec.

Thu 28, Jan

Sat 27, Feb.

Sun 28, Tue.

Mar 27, Apr.

Wed 26, May.

Thu 24, June

Sat 24, Jul.

Sun 22, Aug.

Mar 21, Sep.

Wed 20, Oct.

Fri 19, Nov

Sun 19, Dec.