It is important to acknowledge both the dark and the light on the Solstice. It is time to reflect and let go of the dark period to make space for new growth. This is a time to set new intentions. Your attention begins to move from within to without as you begin to slowly act on these new aspirations. As the sun goes down, I like to light beeswax candles to bring a little bit of light into the dark night.
In these past couple of months, inviting stillness and slowing your practice down was important to find a deeper connection and provide nourishment as the season shifed and the weather got colder. The winter season allows time to really tune in to your entire being. As the days grow longer, we can slowly start to incorporate more movement back into the practice to encourage new intentions to take seed.
Glennie Kindred writes, ”I name new seeds, new intentions – my resolutions for the new cycle. I nurture these inside myself, in my heart and in my mind, earthing them in the practical changes I begin to make. The vibration in which these new seeds are planted sets them in motion. It is this that attracts what they need to grow. So I meditate with this awareness and create an alchemical moment as I unite past, present, and future into one.”
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the winter is connected to the kidney and bladder meridian lines and the element of water. The kideys are the source of jing, the essence energy in the body, and are connected to the systems in the body related to flow, like the blood and circulatory system, edocrine, and lymphatic system. When the kideys are out of balance, fear and tighness in the body may manifest. A strong kidey chi is representative of the ability
to allow and be with strong sensation and emotion. It exhibits opennes and ambition.
To balance the kidney and bladder meridians, practice butterfly pose, reclined heros pose, sphinx pose, happy baby, and supine twists.
Sources and Additional Reading:
- Winter Solstice Yoga by Nancy Alder
- Winter Wonder Yin by Laurel Kallenbach
- Readings by Glennie Kindred including Earth Wisdom and The Alchemist's Journey
- Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers