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.
FULL MOON PRANAYAMA PRACTICE WITH KIA*
Full Moon days in France that fall on a week day: 3rd of February / 5th of March / 4th of May / 2nd of June / 2nd of July
On Full Moon 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.
Starting February 2015:
NEW MOON RESTORATIVE PRACTICE WITH DIANE*
New Moon days in France that fall on a week day: 18th of February / 20th of March / 18th of May / 16th of June
On New Moon Diane´s restorative class will replace the regular Mysore practice. She will mindfully guide you through a relaxing sequence of postures that Kia has developed particularly for times like new moon days, when the energy is lower and a more quiet approach is recommended. Over time you will learn this sequence by heart so you can use it whenever you need to restore and replenish. This nourishing practice cultivates awareness and helps the body to release and let go of muscle tension and joint restrictions. It balances the nervous system and teaches us how to listen internally and adapt the practice to support our physical needs and mind state. Cultivating a restorative practice to complement your regular Ashtanga practice is an invaluable tool to have in life as we – just like the moon – wax and wane. This 90-min class open to all levels and included in your regular class card.
* Please note: on both Full- and New 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 class, as we will begin punctually.