The Moon is very attractive, beautiful, soothing and cooling. No one likes to miss the sight of the full Moon.
This so-called modern ashtanga yoga became popular from one of the famous schools of the yoga of Mysuru. In this school, during the early days, prior to the rush of the students from all over the world, the guru was not giving classes during these days and the students were having holidays.
This famous guru of ashtanga yoga was a member of the faculty in the Samskrit college of Mysuru where the Vedic teaching according to the Vedic tradition was the main learning activity.
There are certain Vaidika niyamas, sankalpas, vratas, pratignyas, that is rituals and vows and certain anushtanas, that is observations for the guru to practise according to the Scriptures and Dharma Shastras during the full moon and the new moon days.
The planetary positions will not happen at the Sunrise or Sunset hours only. These will happen any time during the day or night. The guru has to adjust the time of performing the rituals and vows according to the planetary movements.
There are provisions for the students to practice in the Vedic study centres during the full moon and the new moon days.
The guru of this Mysuru school was giving holidays in the same way as every Vedic learning centre and continued this practice for a few days in the new place where he started giving classes after his retirement from the Samskrit College.
Listening to the decision of the guru, the students of Mysuru became happy and decided to fix a day in a week as their weekly holiday.
What are the special rituals and personal practices the present day yoga teachers perform to declare holidays on the full moon and the new moon days?
If the teachers say that they follow the tradition, first, these teachers should know the tradition. They should not speak what they think or give silly reasons for their decisions and actions.