Ashtanga Yoga: What's the Story with Moon Days?

Many of us know through experience or through hearing the rumours that Ashtanga Yoga is a strong practice, both physically and mentally. The practice (when adhered to properly) requires intense dedication from its students which is one of the reasons this practice can be so incredible transforming.

When I first began to practice I didn't adhere to all these 'rules' such as practicing 6 days per week, taking rest when I was menstruating, respecting the full and new moon as rest days. But after a year or so they seemed to make sense and I naturally wanted to respect and follow this tradition in its tried and tested form.

When I explain to friends, family (and sometimes students) the reasons why we take rest on new and full moon I am often met with a rolling of the eyes, like what I am saying has no substance. And maybe it does appear that way, but I can say in honesty that since I have started respecting the moon cycles my whole body seems more in sync with the natural cycles of the planet and universe. Taking rest on the moon isn't just a requirement, by the time the moon day comes along, I can actually feel it in my body.

Here is a good description from the Jois Ashtanga Yoga Centres

"It has always been the tradition in Ashtanga Yoga to rest from asana practice on new and full moon days (tithis). When asked why we shouldn’t practice on these days, Guruji was fond of saying, “Two ‘plantets’ [grahas] one place, very dangerous.” What is meant by this is that on these days, the sun and the moon are in a line relative to the position of the earth. Consequently, their gravitational forces are all combined, and thus the effect of the ‘plantets’ more pronounced. One definitive effect of this is that the ocean’s tides are higher and lower on these days. When āsana practice is done daily, rest days are important for regeneration; and the extra biweekly ‘moon day’ comes as a welcomed respite."

So we are now respecting the rest days in our Ashtanga Yoga program here at Yoga Village. All other classes will take place as usual, but Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style, Intro to Ashtanga Yoga and Ashtanga Led Classes will not take place on the following days.

Moon Days 2015

  • Jan 5 Monday (FULL)
  • Jan 20 Tuesday (NEW)
  • Feb 4 Wednesday (FULL)
  • Feb 19 Thursday
  • Mar 5 Thursday (FULL)
  • Mar 20 Friday (NEW)
  • Apr 3 Friday (FULL)
  • Apr 19 Sunday (NEW)
  • May 4 Monday (FULL)
  • May 18 Monday (NEW)
  • Jun 3 Wednesday (FULL)
  • Jun 17 Wednesday (NEW)
  • Jul 2 Thursday (FULL)
  • Jul 16 Thursday (NEW)
  • Aug 1 Saturday (FULL)
  • Aug 15 Saturday (NEW)
  • Aug 30 Sunday (FULL)
  • Sep 13 Sunday (NEW)
  • Sep 28 Monday (FULL)
  • Oct 13 Tuesday (NEW)
  • Oct 28 Wednesday (FULL)
  • Nov 12 Thursday (NEW)
  • Nov 26 Thursday (FULL)
  • Dec 12 Saturday (NEW)
  • Dec 26 Saturday (FULL

  • January 10 Sunday (NEW)
  • January 24th Sunday (FULL)
  • February 9th Tuesday (NEW) 
  • February 23 Tuesday (FULL) 
  • March 9 Wednesday (NEW)
  • March 23 Wednesday (FULL)
  • April 7 Thursday (NEW)
  • April 22 Friday (FULL) 
  • May 7 Saturday (NEW) 
  • May 22 Sunday (FULL)
  • June 5 Sunday (NEW)
  • June 20 Monday (FULL)
  • July 4 Monday (NEW)
  • July 20 Wednesday (FULL)
  • August 3 Wednesday (NEW) 
  • August 18 Thursday (FULL)
  • September 1 Thursday (NEW)
  • September 17 Saturday (FULL)
  • October 1 Saturday (NEW)
  • October 16 Sunday (FULL)
  • October 31 Monday (NEW)
  • November 15 Tuesday (FULL)
  • November 30 Wednesday (NEW)
  • December 14 Wednesday (FULL)
  • December 29 Thursday (NEW)
Please don't use those days to go running or do another yoga class. Instead give your body a chance to rest, sleep in a little, meditate, stretch lightly at home or go for a stroll in the park. And enjoy!!

Much Love


Yoga Village Teacher Training Scholarship

YV TT Scholarship Hey Yogis - I have something very exciting and special to announce to you today.

Enrolments are now open for the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training Scholarship Program.

Teaching yoga has changed my life.

I feel grateful every day that my 'job' helps people to feel good, get sensitive, listen to their body and connect to their true selves. What a freakin' blessing. Being a yoga teacher also allows me to express myself creatively through sequencing and class themes, to meet the most amazing people and to be part of a community in a way that supports my own health and happiness. Not to mention I get to help spread the teachings of yoga to a wider audience.

However, I almost didn't apply for my first teacher training.

I knew deep down in my heart that teaching yoga  was exactly what I wanted to do. So why did I almost miss out on my first training? I couldn't afford it.  I had just finished a very expensive psychology degree and without professional career prospects - I continued to work in a bar that helped me fund my education. While you can make a pretty decent wage in a North American bar, I had  a huge debt hanging over my head, expensive rent and despite my best efforts I was barely scraping by. The idea of spending $5000 on a teacher training, plus flights and accommodations, was just too much.

Seeing how much this training meant to me - my family banded together, and decided to pay my tuition for my first teacher training, as a University graduation present. If I hadn't been met with such generosity, I'm not sure where my path would have taken me.

I feel incredibly lucky, that I'm now in a position to be able to give something back, to pay it forward and to step into the cycle of abundance from a different position.  I'm literally typing this with a massive grin on my face, and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart.

We have decided to offer 1 space in the 2015 Yoga Village Teacher Training, to a dedicated student  of yoga who could otherwise not afford to take the course.


+ If you are awarded the YVTT 2015 scholarship your tuition will be waived - excluding costs for text books, yoga classes ( outside the 8 weekends ) and the 5 day residential retreat.  The exact amount for the retreat has not yet been determined, however we estimate costs at approximately $1000. 00. We will only charge you the actual cost of the retreat ( i.e. food & accommodation ) and will not make a profit from this expense.

+ If you apply for the YVTT 2015 Scholarship - you must be able to cover the above costs yourself. The universe helps those that helps themselves .. ya dig?

+ You must be available for the dates of the YVTT 2015 program - which you can review HERE

+ You must live in - or be able to travel to Sydney for the training


+ Copy & Paste the questions below into a word document.

+ Answer all questions from your heart, with honesty.

+ Send your responses via email to Cora at by the application deadline


+ The scholarship will be awarded based on:

a) Financial need

b) Genuineness and sincerity in your desire to become a yoga teacher

c) Your desire to actually teach yoga ( help others ) rather than a purely self- development motivation for taking this course.


+ Application Deadline - Saturday January 31st at midnight + The Successful applicant  will be notified on Monday February 9th via telephone + email + The results will then be posted on social media in the days following February 9th


1) Can you tell me a little bit about your yoga journey?
i.e. how long you've been practicing, what styles you practice etc.

2) What impact has yoga made on your life? 3) Why do you want to become a yoga teacher?

3) If you are awarded this scholarship - how do you plan to use your new qualification?

4) Why are you unable to pay full price for your yoga teacher training?

5) If you are awarded this scholarship, how can you 'pay it forward' and practice generosity with others?
Please complete your answers and email them to Cora at - no later than January 31st at midnight. Applications made after this time will not be considered.
Wishing you the very best of luck, Yogis. Much love, Cora


2015 - New Classes & Changes

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you have settled in to 2015 and have a positive outlook for the year ahead.

In 2015 I have resolved to be 100% authentic in all my decisions and actions. Over the last few years I have made professional and personal decisions based on fear which I can has held me back from my true calling. Towards the end of last year I began taking actions that were based around facing my fears, and following my heart and have seen so many positive changes in all areas of my life. Everything just feels easier when I trust my instincts rather than trusting other peoples expectations and experiences.

As many of you know I recently returned from my three month study trip to India that was spent studying with my teacher Sharath Jois in Mysore. I return year after year to continue my studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and this year was honoured to be Authorised by my teacher to teach the Ashtanga Tradition – which is something only a select number of people in Australia have been given.

The Ashtanga Yoga tradition involves teaching (and practicing) a Six Day per week Mysore program, in which students of all levels come together to practice their personal sequences as taught by the teacher.

I am delighted to be started a Mysore Program in Potts Point from next week. It will be running mornings from 6am to 9am, and evenings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Students are welcome to arrive anytime within that window and should allow 60 to 75 minutes for their daily practice. Each person will finish at different times depending on how long their practice is taking. If you have a busy day ahead you are welcome to come in at 6 and finish at 7, so the times can change depending on your life schedule.

There is no expectation for students to have knowledge of the sequence before they start and it can take some time to learn whole of primary series as practitioners only move on to the next pose when they are comfortable in the one before. Those who come along should not feel discouraged or embarrassed not to know the sequence. I will soon be starting Ashtanga for Beginners on Wednesday evenings in Potts Point which will be a good opportunity to get to know the sequence with a group of beginners. Despite its reputation for being suitable only for the young and flexible, this powerful practice is for all ages and abilities; and has the power to transform body and mind more than any practice I have found before. If you find that you “plateau” in another style of yoga then you won’t have that same problem in Ashtanga. This is a practice that will definitely challenge you and will grow with you through life. Please don’t rule it out before giving it a go! I would love for you to join me in the mornings or evenings for Mysore practice. For any questions about Ashtanga please feel free to email me.

We will still be holding the 6:45am Hatha Vinyasa classes Monday to Friday in Potts Point and 6:30am Hatha Vinyasa Tuesday to Thursday in Double Bay. In February we will be adding a handful of new classes to the schedules in both Potts Point and in Double Bay.

Please note that as a part of the Ashtanga Tradition there will be no Ashtanga classes held on New and Full Moon days. These days will be advertised around the studio and also on the website. For more information about why we take rest on moon days please refer to this explanation.

I hope to see you on the mat soon.

Love Nadia

PS - Here is a photo of me just after receiving my Level 2 authorisation - proud as punch outside the Ashtanga Institute



So You Want To Teach Yoga? Teacher Training FAQ with Cora Geroux

Cora Has yoga teacher training been on your mind for what seems like eons, but haven't taken the plunge just yet? Perhaps you're waiting for better timing, or maybe you just have some burning questions that you want answered before you dive deeper into your practice and consider teaching.

Today on the blog, we have Cora Geroux - the lead trainer for the Yoga Village 200HR teacher training on board to answer the most common questions she gets asked when it comes to all things 'becoming a yoga teacher'. Over to you, Cora.
First of all, I just want to say how excited I am to be leading the Yoga Village Teacher Training. When I first decided I wanted to teach yoga, it took me a good 3 years before I actually signed up for my first teacher training. I had so many questions and worries, that I kept putting off actually doing the training, and I think that's pretty common.

After meeting 1 on 1, with many yogis who are considering doing the teacher training here at Yoga Village, I noticed that almost everyone asked similar questions - this is part of our shared humanity... really, we all want the same things in life, and our separateness is just an illusion. I love when I see real life examples of yogic principles - it totally puts a smile on my face.

Anyway, after noticing these reoccurring themes pop up in regards to teacher training, I thought it would be really useful to compile a short FAQ, of all the most common questions I get asked about becoming a yoga teacher. If you're wondering something that's not on the list below - shoot me an email at and I'm happy to chat.

Yoga Teacher Training FAQ

1. Am I good enough to become a yoga teacher?

Of course! Your worth is inherent in the fact that your on the planet right now. You don't need to be 'better' or 'different' in order to become a great teacher. Some of the most inspiring teachers don't comply to the yoga teacher stereotype, and do things their own way.Teaching yoga isn't about obtaining an idealized version of perfection, its about knowledge, experience, communication and compassion for yourself and your students.

2. Do I need to be able to do a headstand/handstand/full wheel etc. to become a yoga teacher?

Nope - absolutely not.

There are 8 limbs of yoga, of which, asana ( physical postures ) are only one. In most teacher trainings, there is a big focus on asana, as this is mainly what we teach in group classes. However, there is no requirement for the teacher to be able to perform every asana perfectly. We all have our own strengths and weakness, and over time we work to balance those out. However, when you enter a training your ability, or inability to practice a certain pose will have little bearing on weather or not you become a great teacher.

For example, I've been working on handstand for the last few years, and I can't free balance in the middle of the room...yet. Hand standing doesn't come easily to me, so I have had to work very hard at finding strength and alignment upside down. I've taken workshops, read countless books, articles, watched videos, worked with a teacher one-on-one.

Now even though I can't perform the asana perfectly, I feel damn well equipped to teach it, because I have been studying it so diligently. Perhaps even more so, than a teacher that could handstand easily from the beginning.

Get my point?

3. I'm not sure if I want to actually teach yoga, but I want to deepen my practice. Is a teacher training right for me?

It depends.

This is honestly one of the most common questions I have been asked about teacher training, and I think the answer is unique to the individual. However, before I get into detail - I think it's wise to consider weather or not your story of 'not wanting to teach' is a scapegoat for a fear of putting yourself out there, or not being good enough. If that's the case, face your fear, and do it anyway.

In the Yoga Village Training, you have 2 bonus coaching sessions with me, and we can work through this together.

If you just genuinely don't have an interest in teaching, but want to deepen your practice, a teacher training is definitely one way to do that. You will explore topics like philosophy, anatomy, meditation and pranayama, that don't get much air time in a group class. As long as you don't mind learning teaching specific skills, like hands on assists, and communication - then go for it. You can always change your mind, and teach at a later date.

4. What if I have a fear of public speaking, can I still become a great yoga teacher?

Totally. I used to have anxiety and sleepless nights for a week before I had to do a presentation in Uni. Today, I've taught more than 4000 hours of yoga in front of groups of as big as 100 students. It's all about desensitization. The more you do it, the easier it gets. I promise.

5. I have a physical limitation or injury, can I still do a yoga teacher training?

It depends. Are you taking yoga classes regularly? If yes - then without any personal information, I would say your more than fit to do a teacher training. If you're not practicing yoga at the moment because of an injury, but still want to do a training, get in touch with your teacher to discuss the specifics of your situation.

6. Who would want to come to my class, when there are already so many great teachers out there?

It's true, there are a lot of great yoga teachers out there these days. Gone are the days when you need to leave the country in order to study with exceptional teachers. However, each teacher, just like each student is unique. What you bring to the table will appeal to certain students, the combination of your unique life experience, prior learning and style will help differentiate you from everyone else. Imagine if your favourite teacher didn't start teaching just because there were so many teachers out there already. Your perfect students are out there waiting for you - don't let them down.

7. How long should I be practicing yoga before I take a teacher training?

While you could take a teacher training at any time in your yoga journey, I think its best to have at least 18 months of a consistent yoga practice before you take a training. This way, you will be in touch with how your body feels in the various postures, you will be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, and you will have an understanding that yoga is more than physical exercise.

Keep in mind that teacher trainings can be delivered in two main ways:

1) Intensive - in which the whole training takes place in a short span of time, like a month, with full days of practice & learning, usually 6 or 7 days a week.

2) Part Time - is when a training is spread out over several months, in a longer, but less intense format, like the Yoga Village training.

If you have been practicing yoga for quite some time, an intensive could be a great option for you, however, if you are still relatively new to yoga, a part time course would be a better option as you will have much more time to let your practice develop throughout the training.

Well that rounds out the most common questions I get asked about becoming a yoga teacher. The journey from student to teacher has been one of the most fulfilling and transformative experiences of my life - and if you are feeling the pull to open yourself up to yoga in a bigger way, I can't recommended teaching enough. It requires you to look your fear, insecurity, weaknesses and ego straight in the face and make peace with them. It's the best personal growth journey you can take. Not to mention, how good it feels to know that you are truly making a difference in other peoples live. #winning

If you're interested in the upcoming Yoga Village Teacher Training, you can get in touch with Cora at