Monthly Archives: January 2006

A Team Blog from Mysore

Four thoughtful Ashtangis writing and posting photos in one Mysore blog? Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not.

If you want to get four perspectives about practicing at AYRI in Mysore, India at once, this is the blog to read.

Anne Finstad, a long-time friend of ours and dedicated Ashtangi, has been writing wonderfully about practice and her trips to Mysore for a few years.

In early 2004, Anne and three students from Yoga Is Youthfulness went to practice at AYRI. Even though I didn’t know any of them at the time, Anne, Einar, Daniel & Khalid gave me a real insight into what Mysore is like through their warm style, informative posts and great pictures. Every new post was greatly anticipated – I was hanging onto their every word.

Here’s are some of my favorite photos from the blog (by Daniel):


Daniel writes: This is a camel a man was walking near my house.


A fruit called chikus (not potatoes)

Now (January 2006), Anne is back in Mysore and she’s started a fascinating new blog.

Why Moon Days?

Ashtangis don’t practice yoga on Moon Days, also known to muggles as the days of the full moon and the new moon. There are usually two Moon Days in a month, and they are a welcome rest when you have a six-day-a-week practice.

Tim Miller published both a schedule of Moon Days for the current year as well as a very good explanation of why we don’t practice on Moon Days on his site.

To summarize Tim, because people are about 70% water, the phases of the moon affect us, just like they do the tides. The full moon and the new moon have the strongest influence on our energy:

Practicing Ashtanga Yoga over time makes us more attuned to natural cycles. Observing moon days is one way to recognize and honor the rhythms of nature so we can live in greater harmony with it.


According to astronomers, this is an “exact” full moon, or the moment when the moon is 100% full.

Want to really plan ahead? Use this schedule of moon days that spans the next several years.

If you have a website, you can add the neat little tool in the right sidebar of to your webpage, too.