Tim’s Scribbles: 06 December 2013 : Ashtangi Moon
According to esteemed professor Nagaraj; in traditional indian culture there was no such thing as weekends off from work, academic studies and so forth. saturdays and sundays were no different than wednesdays, mondays and any other weekday. Instead there was moon days. on new and full moon other services, other activities, a different kind of focus was required – that of specific religious worship, to put your mind towards your Ishtadevata, your personal God and Deity, to take a moment to give exclusive presence to your personal spiritual inclination.
It seems to me that it might not be such a stretch to consider that since this practice is still in place in various parts of contemporary indian society it might also be a clear reminiscence and partial reason for our beloved days off from asana practice in our lineage of yoga, which we pursue with dedication to our grand teacher, Pattabhi Jois, Guruji.
Perhaps it is that simple. Perhaps the Ashtangi’s mystical moon simply suggests us to bow our heads for a humble moment of reflective surrender to that higher ground next time the moon stands at its most momentous? – TF
Author: Tim Feldmann, is an international yoga teacher and the director of Miami Life Center.We have given him his own column here, Tim’s Scribbles, to share his thoughts and inspirations. He also has full articles posted here as well. Visit Tim’s Website: http://www.yogajoy.org