We live in a dualistic world, at least in the physical sense of it: birth and death, day and night, prana and apana, and there´s always something magic when both elements get together. This is what happens during the “moon nights”. They represent a shift in the consciousness; they are highly energetic moments when the connection to our selves, to one another and to the universe gets amplified.
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Both full moon and new moon days are to rest for Ashtanga Yoga practitioners. The reason behind is that as human beings, we are formed 70% by water and, like the ocean, we are very much affected by the moon phases.
The moon positions can be compared to the breath cycle, where the full moon corresponds to the end of the inhalation and the new moon to the end of the exhalation, thus we will feel an excess of energy or a lack of it respectively.
Other systems choose to practice Chandra Namaskar during sunset in order to honour the moon´s shooting energy.
Either way, observing moon days is one way to recognize and honour the rhythms of nature so we can live in harmony with it.
Happy New Moon!