Okay - we admit it sounds a bit kooky. A lot kooky. But some yoga schools of thought advise against practising around the full moon.
The theory goes that people are affected by the moon, thanks to its gravitational pull. Just like the tides - well, we are 70% water after all. The pull of the moon at its biggest is thought to boost your energy, leading us into a yoga practice so dynamic we’re more likely to injure ourselves.
This thinking comes from Pattabi Jois, the founding father of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, which is why many ashtangis rest on full moon days.
Even if you don’t follow this particular tradition, moving with care whenever you're feeling super perky and full of energy (prana) is a smart move that can result in a less risky yoga practice that will be easier to sustain over the course of your life.
The most recent full moon was this Wednesday – did you notice a difference? Next time, on November 6, try treating yourself to a practice with more of a ‘yin’ feel.
The practice of yin yoga involves holding stretches for longer – minutes on end - to encourage connective tissue to release and soften. It taps into a concept called Modern Meridian Theory, the idea that the meridians used in therapies such as acupuncture flow can be accessed through the connective tissue. The focus of a Yin practice is primarily to free up the body’s energy and promote a deep sense of wellbeing. Sounds good to me.
Nahid de Belgeonne is the Founder and Director of Good Vibes, specialist fitness studios in London’s Covent Garden and Fitzrovia.
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