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.