Moondays

2018 New Moon Full Moon
January Wednesday 17 Tuesday 2
February Friday 16 Thursday 1
March Friday 2
March Sunday 18 Saturday 31
April Tuesday 17 Monday 30
May Wednesday 16 Wednesday 30
June Thursday 14 Thursday 28
July Friday 13 Friday 27
August Saturday 11 Monday 27
September Monday 10 Tuesday 25
October Tuesday 9 Thursday 25
November Thursday 8 Friday 23
December Friday 7 Sunday 23

moondays

2018 Moondays

There are no AM Mysore classes held on the days of Full Moon and New Moon.

Applies only to early MORNING Mysore Style classes 5.30 – 8.00am

In many ancient spiritual traditions, including Yoga, the moon cycle was used as a guide for living and was considered mysterious and powerful. As we know, the moon rules the tides. As human beings are comprised of about 70% water, we are also affected by the phases of the moon.

During a full moon we tend to feel more energetic, emotional, and are more headstrong. Related to the rising energy of the inhalation we lose our sense of grounding. A new moon will make us more reflected, inward drawn, calm, and grounded. Related to the contracting, downward moving nature of the exhalation, we might experience a lack of motivation for any physical activity.

Through a regular Yoga practice we become more sensitive to the cycles of the moon and as such it forms part of the teaching of Yoga. At the time of the emergence of Yoga in ancient India, people were more closely connected with the lunar cycle. For students of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga today it is important that on days of the full or new moon that we do not practice asana (posture). However, as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a tool for transformation, it is encouraged to consider the moon cycle as a time to study ancient texts, such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali or a time for chanting and meditation. At North Sydney Yoga only the early morning Mysore Style classes are affected by moondays. The moondays chosen are those that fall closest to the actual Australian full or new moon.