Happy Summer Solstice from all of us at Be Well Studios.
What is the summer solstice?

On Friday, summer finally begins. The summer solstice is at 11:54 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 21. From an astronomical standpoint, the summer solstice marks the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the exact moment that the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer. And good news for all of you sun worshipers, it’s the day that has more daylight than any other day of the year – 13 hours, 46 minutes and 41 seconds of daylight, to be exact!

The solstice is a popular holiday in the yoga tradition, being that it represents the longest day of the year, and the first day of summer. It is also International Yoga Day and has always been an opportunity to reconnect with nature.

There are so many great ways to celebrate the solstice, including joining us for practice, getting outside for a hike, or reconnecting with friends.

Here are some favorites:

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 essential oils. Our yoga classes begin at 8:15 AM! 

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. When you’re finished swing by The Local Grocer for a fresh organic breakfast. We proudly feature locally sourced food, included home made juices, smoothies, and breakfast bowls.

No matter how you decide to celebrate, we wish you a Happy Summer Solstice and hope to see you in class soon.
Be Well!

 

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

2019 Theme: Climate Action

The fifth annual International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at the United Nations on Thursday, 20 June 2019, with “Yoga with Gurus,” followed by a panel discussion on 21 June.

Read more about it here

As of June 1st, we have a new summer schedule, which you can find HERE. Please welcome our newest instructor, Robin Whatley, who will be teaching Roll & Renew Monday Mornings at 8:15AM.

Robin Whatley

 

BIO

After attending college in NH, I moved to the valley to start my career with the AMC back in 2015. As for many people, my practice with yoga was inconsistent for many of my youthful years. It wasn’t until I moved to the valley that yoga became apart of my everyday life. The summer of 2018 I had the pleasure to volunteer at the Wanderlust festival at Stratton Mtn Resort in Vermont. Stratton also happens to be where I grew up and spent all my childhood skiing and playing in the hills of the Green Mountains. I knew that once I arrived that I was right where I needed to be in that moment in time. My experience was eye opening and the people I met along the way helped me realize what my next step in life had to be. With a background in Adventure Education and a passion for everything outdoors, I knew that teaching yoga had to be my next chapter. This past winter I attended the Kripalu 200-hour yoga teacher training in the Berkshires. My experience at Kripalu enhanced my passion for teaching yoga and allowed me to find what is true and real for me.

I have also made a great connect with a company based out of Colorado called RAD Roller. They have helped me remotely with gaining a certification in RAD Mobility. RAD’s mission is to “Improve body movement and propel radical lives through innovation tools and education”. My goal is to combine my skills with RAD into my yoga classes to educate the those on the general functions of our bodies movement and mobility.

 

Class description

This 60-minute class is designed for all levels and will be focused on movement, mobility and release. Our body’s all move in different way, but our joints all have the same general function. By release and rolling out our tissues located around our muscles and joints, we can allow the bodies movement to function with ease. During this class, we will flow through a gentle warm up to awaken our muscles, joints and tissues, followed by a full body release using props, tools and our breath. My goal with teaching the roll and release class is to not only educate people but to allow for a comfortable space for those looking to release tension that we carry with us throughout our daily lives.