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Yoga for the Summer Solstice

Yoga for the Summer Solstice

About 400 years ago, William Shakespeare said, “Not only is it the summer solstice, there is a full moon. May love to surround you like sunshine on a sunny day.

And here we are again! June 20th marks the Summer Solstice with Full Moon energy in the Northern Hemisphere. Sol means “sun” and sistere means “to stand still” which means this is a planetary pause no matter which hemisphere you live in. While those in the Southern Hemisphere will experience the shortest day and the longest night, those of us celebrating the start of summer will enjoy the most light of the year.

The Solstice is a reminder to align ourselves with the divine rhythm of nature. To celebrate the earth, the sun, the planets, and the stars beaming down on us. So, this day is the perfect moment to turn inward and reflect on what it is we’d like to grow and transform. Because June 20th is the longest day of the year, it contains the most Yang energy so harness that light and fire up your desires!

One way to celebrate the Solstice is to move your yoga practice outside. Take your yoga mat outside to your yard, a park, or to the beach if you live by the sea. Start your practice with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations––with sunscreen, of course) and offer gratitude to the Sun for its warmth bestows on us. It doesn’t matter what style of yoga you prefer, just do it in nature. If it’s too hot where you live, move into a tree’s shade. Create a flow with poses which evoke nature, like Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Tadasana (Mountain Pose), and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog).

The change in seasons is an excellent time to shift your awareness inside and reflect on how you’d like to grow and expand. Bring a journal when you head outside. Either after your yoga practice or meditation, write your reflections and intentions down. To intensify the power of the longest day of the year, plan your ritual while watching either the sunset or the sunrise.

Join us in embracing the power of nature to manifest your deepest desires. This week’s classes are perfect for the Solstice. Check them out! 

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