The summer solstice, coming up on Wednesday June 21, is a huge holiday in the yoga tradition, as it represents the longest day of the year, the first day of summer, International Day of Yoga, and a chance to reconnect with nature. Here are 3 ways to celebrate 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 origin of “saluting the sun” is not about getting the perfect Chaturagna/Upward-Facing Dog alignment, it’s about bowing to and taking in the fiery solar energy of the sun, to wake us up, energize us, and start our day. The practice was originally taught to be done in the morning, with the torso facing the sun.
2. Revamp Your 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 your favorite essential oils.
3. Get Outdoors
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. Another traditional way to celebrate the solstice is to take an outdoor yoga class. Many yoga studios offer summer solstice events, where you practice 108 Sun Salutations together outdoors. Enjoy the surya!