Both New & Full 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.

Moon Days 2020
We Are Closed 
  New Full
January 24 10
February 23 9
March 24 9
April 22 7
May 22 7
June 21 5
July 20 5
Aug 18 3
September 17 2
October 16 1&31
November 15 30
December 14 29

Yoga is the state in which one recognizes the "reality in itself" and no longer confuses it with the subconscious illustrations of its mind (memory, ideas, categories, etc.). The prerequisite is letting go of the idea "I can see what is" because without yoga you can only see a greatly reduced and distorted picture of reality, an illusion.
This leads to the reduction of all forms of confirmation and suffering, which inevitably result from the wrong view.

Yoga Exercise is exploring and approaching this condition.

Yoga tradition is a collection of techniques that have been tested, researched and passed on over many generations of teachers and students.

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