With a Moon Day looming, time to kick practice up a notch

Wednesday is the universally agreed upon Moon Day this week. There it is, smack dab in the middle of the week: a moment of rest.

This was not the ‘New Moon’ image I was seeking, but…

Bobbie and I were planning out our weeks on Sunday and looking ahead to it — one of us with relief, one of us with disappointment (I’ll let you guess who is who*) — and we independently had the same reaction: It means on Tuesday we can bust out even more effort than normal thanks to that forced day of rest. (For me, it’s going to be a double kick-up, as I always try to give it a little more than all on Hanuman’s day.)

[By the way, want more on the meaning of Moon Days? Tim Miller has the background right here. Here’s a taste of what you’ll get: “The Farmers Almanac recommends planting seeds at the new moon when the rooting force is strongest and transplanting at the full moon when the flowering force is strongest.” Makes sense, right?]

I assume our thoughts and intentions for our Tuesday practices are pretty universal among Ashtangis, but perhaps not. Perhaps others like a sort of two-day wind-down and ease off the Ashtanga accelerator a bit on that day before the break. Or perhaps you try to maintain an even practice and go into the day-before as normally as possible.

Posted by Steve

* Note: That’s a trick, actually. We both were feeling relief. No disappointment here!

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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