In our traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore program here at Meadowlark we observe the “moon days”. This means on the full and new moons we invite our community to take rest from our more regular practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.
There are a variety of reasons for observing the rest days, and for many who practice daily (6 days per week) the extra rest and observation of fluctuations in one’s energy over periods of time is welcomed.
During these days we invite our community to focus on other areas of practice, including and not limited to prāṇāyāma, meditation, chanting, gentler āsana practice like yin yoga or Matthew Sweeney’s Chandra sequence. It also invites you to observe the attachment you may have to your ‘normal’ practice.
After advice from Hamish Hendry of Ashtanga Yoga London (who follows the Panchang Hindu Calendar for their Moon day scheduling) and carefully observing our sunrise times here in Edinburgh, Scotland we have chosen to closely follow their scheduling for the year of 2021 (and beyond) as seen below.
So it may seem bizarre that on a morning that the moon phase may lie at 03:32 but the rest day is taken the day before, so I will explain! In India, it would be traditional that the day is still counted as the previous one until the sun has risen (see Jan 12th as an example). The energetics of sunrise/sunset are particularly important especially in relation to spiritual practice.
So a long winded explanation- here below are all of Moon days our morning mysore program will observe in 2021.
To replace the normal morning Mysore schedule on these dates, a 8AM online yin class will be offered. Our Evening Mysore program will not observe the moon day schedules due to being a 3 day week program and we simply invite you to be observant of your energy around these days/ times.
2021 Moon days
Tuesday 12th ● new moon (05:02 on the 13th sunrise at 08:37)
Thursday 28th ○ full moon (19:18)
Thursday 11th ● new moon (19:08)
Saturday 27th ○ full moon (08:19)
Saturday 13th ● new moon (10:23)
Sunday 28th ○ full moon (19:50)
Sunday 11th ● new moon (03:32 on the 12th sunrise at 06:15)
Monday 26th ○ full moon (04:33 on the 27th sunrise at 05:39)
Tuesday 11th ● new moon (20:01)
Wednesday 26th ○ full moon (12:14)
Thursday 10th ● new moon (11:54)
Thursday 24th ○ full moon (19:40)
Friday 09th ● new moon (02:17 on the 10th sunrise at 04:42)
Friday 23rd ○ full moon (03:37 on the 24th sunrise at 05:04)
Sunday 08th ● new moon (14:50)
Sunday 22nd ○ full moon (13:02)
Monday 06th ● new moon (01:52 on the 7th sunrise at 06:30)
Monday 20th ○ full moon (00:54 on the 21st sunrise at 06:57)
Wednesday 06th ● new moon (12:05)
Wednesday 20th ○ full moon (15:57)
Thursday 04th ● new moon (21:15)
Friday 19th ○ full moon (08:59)
Friday 03rd ● new moon (07:44 on the 4th sunrise at 08:24)
Saturday 18th ○ full moon (04:37 on the 19th sunrise at 08:41)
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