This was a letter written by Eddie Stern of Ashtanga Yoga New York and Broome Street Temple that I found on facebook-wonderful explanation about moon days.
Eddie Sterns letter to Barry Silver about moon days
It is possible that the student who asked you about any prohibition of practicing yoga on the full or new moon days was doing so because of the observances of Pattabhi Jois. Much has been made of this observance, with all sorts of ideas about why he does this, and what significance it may have. However, the reason for Pattabhi Jois's observance of these days is quite simple. As you know, the Maharaja's Pathashala (Sankrit College) was closed each month for classes on the moon days, and the day before and after. Studies were continued by the students, but no new lessons taught. One reason for this was that on amavasya and purnima, certain rituals had to be performed by the teachers and students alike, who are all brahmins - for example, the pitr tarpana which needs to be p…
I have not been blogging much recently, partly because of this...
I am currently working a really modified ashtanga yoga asana practice, which allows a bit more room for seated pranayama. I will be off to Mysore next week and my experience with Sharath while injured has only ever been positive. Learning to work with a body that is more than half a century old (that is female and hormonally changing), is certainly bringing up stuff, but I am more accepting of this than I have ever been. Yoga is teaching me that!
Next course: 21, 22, 23 of March and 4, 5, 6 April 2014
Time: 08:00 - 18:00 (each day)
About the course
This is an 80-hour course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK, with a maximum of 15 students per class. Taught by a team of highly qualified yoga teachers and other women's health practitioners, there will be six full days of classes, divided over two weekends in March and April. Topics that will be covered are: Asana, pranayama (breathing and relaxation techniques)Sequencing pre and postnatal classesThe dos and don'ts of pregnancy yogaPropping and assisting pregnant studentsPre and post natal anatomy for yogaCommon ailments associated with pregnancySetting up classes for pregnant students Eligibility
The course is suitable for both existing yoga teachers who already hold a yoga teaching qualification and trainee teachers. We may also consider applications from midwives and health professionals who have a strong personal yoga practice.
Below you will find the complete up-to-date list of courses running at Yoga Mama this New Year. The new timetable comes into effect the week starting the 6th January. Courses run for 8 weeks unless stated otherwise.
So here we go... 2014 has now begun! After a wonderful family holiday in the sunshine I feel refreshed and ready for what 2014 may bring. Here are a few photos of how I did a bit of spiritual banking without a single Christmas meal in site.
My pregnancy yoga teacher training starts on Friday the 3rd of January and ends on the 19th. I leave for Mysore on the 22nd, so an action packed start to the New Year.