Happy Summer Solstice!!
This is summer's height, midsummer, the longest day and the shortest night of the earth's solar year. Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the winter solstice. In the midst of the longest day of the year, we simultaneously begin our return to the dark half of the year.
Solstice means "standing of the sun" and we can connect to this great turning point in the earth's yearly cycle by taking a moment to stop, be still and look back at our own unique journey since the winter solstice. From now to the winter solstice everything in earth will be withdrawing within. we can use this time to focus on what we wish to nurture and develop in ourselves during the coming months. The summer solstice is a doorway into the second half of the year, energizing the paths that lead within. Stand on the threshold and ask yourself what you wish to encourage in your life? Here are a few ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice:
1. Salute the sun.
Solstice is symbolic of transitioning from the short days of winter to the bright, long days of summer. As yogis, so many of our practices revolve around the sun, including, of course, Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). The practice was originally taught to be done in the morning, with the torso facing the sun.
2. Create a new morning routine.
Since Solstice is the longest day of the year, it’s a great time to take advantage of the extra sunlight to wake up early and do something that makes you feel great, whether it’s meditation, yoga, or taking a revitalizing bath or shower infused with essential oils. Oils associated with the Summer Solstice are: Basil, Calendula, Clove, Ginger, Lime, Neroli, Vetiver, Orange, Petitgrain and Rosemary…all associated with the heat of midsummer.
3. Enjoy the Surya.
A great way to celebrate Solstice is to simply get outdoors and enjoy the sun. It could be as simple as taking a walk by the water or in the park—just making the time to connect with nature.