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Ashtanga Yoga Moon Days 🌙

The foundation of the Ashtanga Yoga method is daily (6 days a week) asana practice. We also take rest from practice on the days of full and new moon. There are many interpretations on why it is that we take rest in such days. Any Hatha yoga practice, such as the Ashtanga method, works with seemingly opposing energies that eventually over a long period of sustained practice begin to balance each other out bringing stability and harmony in our own body-mind-consciousness systems. As we become more balanced and integrated in our own selves we begin to discover the interrelation, not only within our Selves, but also with all other systems in the planet and eventually the universe, thus coming to the realisation that there is no separation either between all the components of our own Self or between our our own individual self and any other aspect of the planet or the universe.   The main pattern that we utilize to balance opposites in this method is the movement of Prana or life force in our bodies through the breath. As we inhale, Prana moves in what is called a Pranic pattern moving energy up and outwards in an expansive way stimulating, creativity and expression. With the exhale, Prana changes it’s direction moving down and inwards, this movement is experienced as more introspective and maybe contractive force. In the Ashtanga Yoga method, we use the breath to guide our movements and so we connect with these patterns as we move through all the Vinyasa that compose each asana. Eventually we find that in between each movement and in between each inhale and/or exhale as we come to the end of every vinyasa we encounter a tiny moment of silence. The inhale and exhale merge into each other, movement stops and even the mind becomes quiet for a fraction of a second. If we are observant of nature we might find similar movements and experience all through nature: In the change of seasons, the tidal movements of the ocean and even in our bodies in the waking and sleeping patterns and as we feel the gravitational pull of the earth interacting with the intelligence of our body to  lifting up and keeping us erect and preventing us from squashing in to the ground and many others. Maybe the most evident and powerful of such cycles in our planet is the moon…