Summer Solstice: The Short and Sweet Guide

This is the solstice, the still point

of the sun, its cusp and midnight,

the year’s threshold

and unlocking, where the past

lets go of and becomes the future;

the place of caught breath, the door

of a vanished house left ajar .

Margaret Atwood

Summer Solstice is right around the corner. Literally-it’s tomorrow. Every year Summer Solstice comes around somewhere between June 20 to the 22, depending on the calendar year. Solstices and Equinoxes have been celebrated basically forever. They are good indicators to mark the seasons of the year and sun’s position. Summer Solstice marks the longest day of year and many people across the world celebrate this day by honoring the sun in some way. For yoga practitioners, one way they like to celebrate the Summer Solstice is by doing 108 sun salutations. For us common folk, that may be a little extreme. Here are just a couple different option for us.

Do Your Own Thing

While 108 is an auspicious number and it would be really cool to push myself to do that many sun salutations, I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me. And that’s OK. Show your appreciation for doing your own yoga flow, joining a group of people that are practicing yoga or do an integer of the 108 (54,36,27,18,12,9,6,4,3,2,1). As long as you’re getting out of your head and into your body to show some appreciation for the year so far, you’re golden. Don’t get caught up in the numbers or what you need to do. Just show up.

Go OutsideSummer Solstice

Since the Solstice is on a Tuesday this year, some of you may be at work. So waking up at dawn to mediate on the year that’s past and year ahead, is just not an option. If this is you, but you still feel drawn to celebrate the solstice-go outside on your lunch break, or after work. Just going outside is good for the soul. Plus, living in Idaho means our time with the sun is limited, so enjoy it while you can.

Manifest Your Dreams

This is for my “woo” peeps. Maybe this year hasn’t gone as you would have liked it to. Maybe it has. Either way, the Summer Solstice is a great time to really get clear about what you want the rest of your year to look like. Journal or Meditate on the following questions.

What do I need to let go of that no longer serves me?

What is holding me back?

What do I want to create?

What do I need in order to create that which I desire?

What do I want the rest of my year to look like?

If you do decide to write these down, you may want to take the paper that says “what no longer serves you” and burn it. Let that shit, go. Making a literal representation of burning away stuff that isn’t helping can be very therapeutic.

Happy Solstice Everyone!

If you have any questions about Summer Solstice ritual or yoga practices, feel free to email me at alexap@pocatelloyoga.com