Happy Summer Solstice & International Day of Yoga!
Updated: May 11
JUNE 21, 2018 - AHARA WEEKLY | YOGA WITH STEPHANIE NEWSLETTER
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and therefore the day with the most light!
As yogis we not only tune in to the fact that there is this radiantly beautiful external light around us, but we also like to honor the relationship between this outer light and our inner light. It is an opportunity for our energy bodies to reconnect with the natural world around us and feel centered, balanced and joyful.
The year is split into two halves, the winter (lunar) months of soulful reflection and introspection and the summer (solar) months of expansion, radiance and action. We ourselves are a mirror or reflection of nature, embodying both these lunar and solar qualities. It is within yoga and meditation practice that we celebrate and nourish this balance between our left and right hemispheres, between ourselves and the natural world, between the moon and the sun.
As the sun’s light expands, it’s an opportunity for us to become more attuned with our inner light and harness it to manifest positive outward action. For centuries the summer solstice has been a joyous celebration of life. It was a time where we would look to awaken our passion, our courage, fearlessness and confidence. It is also a time of adventure and freedom.
During these summer months leading up to winter, we have the opportunity to make a choice to spend more time outside and if possible to take your meditations and yoga practice in to nature as well. Or you can even sit by a window and feel the rejuvenating energy of the sun.
In our modern world, we don’t always realize the power of natural light because of electricity. We can switch on a lightbulb at any point of the day or night. In ancient times when we were forced to create fires or burn candles to have light in the evening, that illumination was respected in a sacred way. We only have to spend time in nature to remember how important the rays of the sun are.
Letting the actual sunlight connect to you is a very special, important thing. One of the ways to welcome in the solstice today is to meditate or practice outside. Give yourself the gift of harnessing this natural energy to ignite your joy, confidence, courage, and warmth.
Our inner flame is always burning, never extinguished. But sometimes our view of it, our connection to our truest selves, can grow dim. At this time of year we can stoke our fire and feel our potency, positivity, love, and compassion coming back in full force.
You have the power to take control of your life and live your highest purpose!
Wishing you blessings on this most sacred summer day.