As with each celtic holiday, this is a time to reflect and acknowledge what is present for you. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate your achievements and take in the expansive, positive energy to bring new perspectives into your life. Practice happiness and joy, both on your mat and off your mat, sharing this energy with others and with the earth.
Sun Salutations, or Surya Namaskar, is an energizing heat-building sequence to compliment the rising energy of the earth and honor the sun. This vinyasa starts in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and flows from standing back down to the earth to Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasan) and Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasan) and then back to Mountain Pose. The invigorating sequence strengthens and stretches the muscles throughout the whole body, increases cardiac activity and blood circulation, develops concentration, coordination, balance, strength and groundedness, and revives the spirit of youthfulness and joy. Sun Salutations have many variations, so my suggestion is to have fun and make it your own practice. Move in a way that ignites the fire in your body and brings joy to your practice. You can read more about sun salutations here.
- “Summer Solstice” via Yoga Journal
- “Summer Solstice Creativity” via Elephant Journal
- “Everything you didn’t know about the summer solstice” via Elephant Journal
- “Summer Solstice” via Yoga Seasonal
- The Alchemist’s Journey by Glennie Kindred
- Earth Wisdom by Glennie Kindred