As I write my post this month from the Highlands of Scotland where it has been somewhat chilly and overcast with a little rain, I feel blessed that I have been amongst the most breathtaking scenery and views, absolutely stunning, to the point where the weather has paled into significance as I have absorbed and enjoyed everything around me with my family, friends and yoga mat……..perfect!
So here we are now with Summer’s height just around the corner, midsummer, this year being June 20th, the longest day and the shortest night of the earth’s solar year. 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 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 within ourselves during the coming months. The Summer Solstice is a doorway into the second half of the year, energising the paths that lead within. Stand on the threshold and ask yourself what you wish to encourage in your life?
Radiate and practice expansive poses like Trikonasana ( Triangle Pose), Ardha Chandrasana (Crescent Moon Pose), or Virabhadrasana (Warrior). Fire up your poses by imagining a radiant sun at your centre. Re-charge and energise your system by picturing this sun brighten and expand as you inhale. As you exhale imagine warm rays of sunlight radiating throughout your body. Practice Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salute, keep in your minds eye an image of the sun. Feel that warm glow!!
Chant Gayatri Mantra (prayer to the sun) and allow this time of year to induce a sence of calmness and spaciousness that you can carry in your everyday.
My Yoga Blessings to you, enjoy the celebrations of the Summer Solstice and acknowledge that when you step on your mat, it is a sacred space for you to grow and transform!!
All photos © Debbie Harris, 2up Photography