Are you ready to check a crazy lunar eclipse tonight?

With our focus on Moon Days, turning our attention toward a rare celestial occurrence tonight seems fair.

Here’s the deal per

On Oct. 8, Interested skywatchers should attempt to see the total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. The little-used name for this effect is called a “selenelion,” a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot happen.


As a consequence of this atmospheric trick, for many localities east of the Mississippi River, watchers will have a chance to observe this unusual sight firsthand. Weather permitting, you could have a short window of roughly 2 to 9 minutes (depending on your location) with the possibility of simultaneously seeing the sun rising in the east while the eclipsed full moon is setting in the west.

That link has plenty more details to help you plan your viewing. And this NPR link has a nice graphic of when the moon will be eclipsing.

Posted by Steve

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?

Posted by Steve