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In the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga, the days of the full moon and new moon are considered 'yoga holidays'. We do not practice Ashtanga Yoga on those days. During moon days the sun and moon are aligned in such a manner that they exert a greater gravitational force on the planet.

It has been very common in India for a long time to take a day off during the new and full moon. This has also been a tradition that has been embraced by the system of yoga, and therefore as Ashtanga practitioners, we get some extra time off as well.

The best example of the effects that the moon cycles have on our planet and our planet's waters can be seen in high and low tides. These are caused by the moon. Since our bodies are made up of approximately 60% of water it only makes sense that the moon has a huge effect on us as well. That is why, in Ashtanga Yoga, we choose to live in harmony with the rhythm of nature, and take a rest day on both full and new moon days.

Moon Days 2023

* All times are local time for Maastricht, The Netherlands


Saturday 7 – full

Saturday 21 – new


Sunday 5 – full

Monday 20 – new


Tuesday 7 – full

Tuesday 21 – new


Thursday 6 – full

Thursday 20 – new


Friday 5 – full

Friday 19 – new

Sunday 4 – full

Sunday 18 – new


Monday 3 – full

Monday 17 – new


Tuesday 1 – full

Wednesday 16 – new

Thursday 31 – full

Friday 15 – new

Friday 29 – full

Saturday 14 – new

Saturday 28 – full


Monday 13 – new

Monday 27 – full

Wednesday 13 – new

Wednesday 27 – full

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