Moon Day reminder from Richard Freeman

At the website for Yoga Workshop, Richard Freeman has a reminder up that today is a Moon Day for Ashtangis.

No surprise there, right? It’s de rigueur for Ashtanga shalas to remind students about full and new moons.

But Freeman’s has a simple, wonderful beauty to it that I thought worth sharing:

In the formal Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition no asana (posture) practice is done on new and full moon days. Observing this restraint to practice can be helpful in not becoming too attached to practice and routine. It also provides time for the body to rest and recuperate.

That’s a good reminder.

I also should note I am planning on practicing later; I’m going to Bobbie’s Led/Intro class.

My excuse rationale is that I don’t have a six-day-a-week practice right now. Life is just intruding too much; so much, in fact, that I am probably closer to four days than five. (Insert loud sigh.) Our teacher, Jörgen Christiansson, has said that the observance of Moon Days really is for those with the full, every day practice.

It seemed like when he said it, he was noting that didn’t include me!

But I also know that I am too attached to the practice, although I don’t think I am so attached to the routine of getting up at 5 a.m. (Maybe I am.) But until I’m back to a six-day-a-week “routine,” I think I can afford to get on the mat when the moon is full or new. And I might even take today off if it weren’t for the fact that I have an early flight tomorrow and a full day that will keep me from being able to practice. If I didn’t go tonight, this week would be a three-dayer. And that’s not enough, right?

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