Both full and new 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.
Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.
So as today is a full moon day there will be no yoga practice for me which I am actually quite relieved about as I have had a constantly runny nose and have been sneezing solidly for the last 24 hours. I very rarely suffer from colds so I am assuming that this is just a detox symptom from all the juicing I have been doing over the last few weeks. I feel ok otherwise but am heeding my bodies attempts to clean house and staying relatively inactive today. As I have a tonne of work to do getting my ‘sizzling, sexy and healthy summer’ challenge up and running it is an opportune time to sit and work at the PC. This mornings’ clients cancelled and I don’t have to go out until this evening so I am sat sniffing and sneezing in the office!!
Today’s food and juices have/will be:-
Orange, grapefruit, celery and spinach juice
Orange, grapefruit and apple
1/2 honeydew melon
small bowl of strawberries
Orange, grapefruit and japanese mustard greens juice – (not sure what this one will be like but a client gave me a bunch of japanese mustard greens last night. They are hot, hot, hot and no-one in her house will eat them. I love them as they have a real kick and I am hoping that they may be just what my runny nose needs to push it all out – sorry if that is too much information!!)
I am hoping that my runny nose situation will be gone tomorrow as I need to start putting together the workouts for my ‘sizzling, sexy and healthy summer’ challenge and that means not only going through all the workouts to make sure they are appropriate but also photographing all the exercises, which could potentially be a long job if I am constantly blowing my nose!!!
Thanks for reading……..