STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH MOON
When is a moon day not a moon day?
When you're in the Midwest.
This morning I told my class to take it easy because today may or may not be a moon day -- and that if it is one they should back off and wait to have their big breakthrough next time.
A refresher: Traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga is not practiced on new or full moon days. In other words, there are no classes on those days. The energy is thought to be unstable, and injuries sustained on moon days can take twice as long to heal. (For more details, click here).
I thought this was b.s. until I messed up my knee on a full moon day (see Tuesday's entry), and it took nine months to heal.
One of my students, an air hostess for a major carrier, told me that the pilots are warned when there is a full moon, so that they take extra care.
In India, businesses sometimes close on the new moon.
And we all know that "lunatic" is a modernization of Middle English "lunatik," which is derived from Old French "lunatique," which comes from Latin "lūnāticus," from "lūna" - or moon.
Yesterday there was much craziness concerning the date of this month's new moon.
At Tim Miller's Encintas, California studio the new moon was yesterday and the studio was closed. They are on Pacific time.
In NYC, the new moon was today. They are in the Eastern time zone.
In Chicago, where we are on Central time, the new moon day was....
....confusing, and dependend on which ashtanga studio you attend.
My calendar says the new moon was Thursday night at 11PM Eastern time.
Eddie Stern's AYNY website says, "We are closed on the full and new moon days, following the dates listed in the New York Times; if the moon falls after 11 pm, it is observed the following day."
That's fairly clear.
(To further confuse matters, 91-year-old Ashtanga guru Pattabhi Jois has been known to lasso the moon and move it to a more convenient day when it suits his schedule.
But he's Guruji. He can do that. We can't.
Or shouldn't, anyway).
The best bet is to check the studio's website.
As Miss Y explained in a recent E-mail:
Traditionally, in India at Guruji's, the Moon Days go from sundown to sundown so an 11p.m. moon day would be listed as being on the next day, with moon days occasionally being moved at Guruji's discretion. However, most people in the west are used to days divided at midnight, so we will go by this system. The ultimate answer as to "when will the moon day be for Shala Y" will be listed on the Shala Y website under the "Moon Days" link.
I think the ultimate answer is that it lands on day when the people act the most insane.