Moon Days

A Living Tradition

In the Astanga Yoga traditon we are taught to practice yoga six days a week, taking off for moon days.

Traditionally, Saturday is the day of rest. On this day Pattabhi Jois recommends his students take an oil bath to reduce excess internal heat which can be felt as pain and stiffness in the body, a short temper, red skin, redness in the eyes, or pinkish acne.

To learn why Ashtanga Yoga practitioners take off practice on new moons and full moons visit Tim Miller at

Women should not practice inverted asanas during menstration, and if you practice daily, it is suggested to take rest for the first 2-3 days of your cycle.

2018 Moon Days

All traditional Ashtanga Yoga classes will be cancelled on the following days in observance of the Moon:

Full Moon

January 1 (Monday)
January 31 (Wednesday)
March 1 (Thursday)
March 31 (Saturday)
April 29 (Sunday)
May 29 (Tuesday)
June 28 (Thursday)
July 27 (Friday)
August 26 (Sunday)
September 24 (Monday)
October 24  (Wednesday)
November 23 (Friday)
December 22 (Saturday)

New Moon

January 16 (Tuesday)
February 15 (Thursday)
March 17 (Saturday)
April 15 (Sunday)
May 15 (Tuesday)
June 13 (Wednesday)
July 12 (Thursday)
August 11 (Saturday)
September 9 (Sunday)
October 8 (Monday)
November 7 (Wednesday)
December 7 (Friday)


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