Just as the tides are influenced by the phases of the moon, so are we humans, consisting as we do of approximately 65% water. It is therefore easy, at times of the full and new moons, to overdo our practice, and for this reason, in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, we don’t practise Asana (Yoga postures) during these times.
In Yoga, the full moon corresponds to the top of the inhalation and the very peak of Prana Vauy (the expansive and upward-moving direction of Prana). The full moon provides energy and heat, but can increase the tendency to lose our connection to earth. The new moon is associated with the end of the exhalation when Apana (the contracting and downward-moving direction of Prana) is at its strongest. During this time the energy is quieter and cooler, but the tendency can be towards heaviness and lethargy.
Practising Yoga over time creates a greater sensitivity towards energetic movements and influences. Observing moon days is a way to recognize the ebb and flow in nature and within our own beings, so we can live more in tune with these cycles.
MOON DAY PRANAYAMA CLASSES
On Moon days Kia offers a Pranayama class open to all levels (included in your regular Mysore / Intro-Mysore class card) instead of the regular Mysore class. In this 90 min class Kia will guide you through some Pranayamas (yogic breathing practices), Kriyas (yogic purification techniques), Mantra Japa (recitation) and sitting. As the mind (citta) is closely connected to the breath, these yogic breathing practices allows for a meditative state to naturally unfold. The Moon Day Pranayama class will begin at the same time as the regular Mysore class.
* Please note: on Moon days the Shala will not open half an hour before the class or be open for regular Mysore practice. On these days please arrive 10mins before the Pranayama class, as we will begin punctually.
Tuesday 9/9, Wednesday 24/9, Wednesday 8/10, Thursday 23/10, Thursday 6/11, Monday 22/12