In our area, the Summer Solstice occurs Wednesday, June 21st at 12:24am EST. This marks the longest day (and shortest night) of the year and the official start of summer.
At Yoga Home, our core values drive our mission and empower our decision making process. We embody and model these values in our business practices, programming and team development. So, we thought they may be able to teach us a thing or two about how to celebrate this Summer Solstice.
1. Connection: The Solstice is a wonderful time to connect with nature and show gratitude for the sun! An outdoor morning practice in nature may be your perfect medicine. Yogis around the globe will practice Yoga Mala, a series of 108 sun salutations to welcome the summer. Join us for your own salutations (we won’t make you do 108) at our $5 Community Class at 6am in Sutcliffe Park.
2. Acceptance: I’m sure we are all welcoming the long sunny day with open arms. But, the solstice also means accepting that every day from here on out will be shorter and shorter. Accepting that the light also brings the dark is a great lesson this solstice teaches us.
Yoga on the Lawn ~ 5 Tower Bridge ~ Every Wednesday at 6pm3. Community: What better way to spend a solstice than in community. Head to the Schuylkill for some sun salutes and savasana at our $5 Community Class by the 5 Tower Bridge! Bring a friend and walk, bike, run or carpool to West Conshy on and then hang out and enjoy #yogahomie specials at Gypsy Saloon , Conshohocken Brewing Co. or Conshohocken Brewing Co. Bridgeport Brewpub.
4. Growth: This is a great time to clean out the old and allow room for the growth of the new. Create a ritual for yourself! Maybe create a living mandala of flowers, or prepare an alter of things you’d like to manifest and light a candle, or grab yourself some Palo Santo from the studio and cleanse your space.
5. Love: This day has been forever linked with love, Folklore claims that this is a magical time to conceive a child or engage in rituals for relationships, romantic or otherwise. So grab a loved one and include them in your new ritual or just let them know how very loved they are!
Happy Summer Solstice everyone! We hope to see you soon!