On days when a full or new moon falls, the Ashtanga yoga tradition recommends abstaining from practice. Bristol City Yoga honours this tradition in our Ashtanga self-practice classes on full and new moon days – but where does this tradition come from, and can the lunar cycle really affect our practice?
Taking rest from asana practice on days when the new and full moon falls is partly due to the Indian astrological belief that certain activities should be avoided on these days as the force of the moon can have a powerful impact on the body and potentially lead to injury. Aspart of this lineage, we choose to follow this teaching in our Ashtanga Self-Practice classes and invite our students to take a rest days with the lunar calendar.
Being made from 70% water, it’s believed the body is as affected by the lunar cycle in the same way the tides are. The full moon is thought to make us feel energetic, emotional and potentially headstrong but not well grounded. The energy of the new moon is thought to make us feel calm and grounded but potentially disinclined towards physical exertion.
Practising yoga over time can make us more attuned to our body, experiences, natural rhythms and cycles. As our practice grows and deepens we may find that things affect you in different ways. As always, tune in and listen to your body.
Whether or not you feel the effects of this natural rhythm, taking a day off on the full or new moon is the perfect opportunity to let the powerful practice of Ashtanga settle into the body and prepare you for the next time you practice. Welcome the respite, and allow your body space and time to rest.
Moon Days 2019 – On these days our 7am Ashtanga Self Practice class will be cancelled.
Tuesday 2nd July
Tuesday 16th July
Thursday 1st August
Thursday 15th August
Friday 30th August
Monday 28th October
Thursday 12th November
Tuesday 26th November
Thursday 12th December