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Sending you warmth and light on Midsummer’s Day

Today is midsummer’s day – the summer solstice … when everything is said to be in full bloom.

Summer solstice is celebrated widely in many cultures – and in yoga too, where it is celebrated by practicing 108 Sun Salutations.  The number 108 is significant in many ways. For example there are 108 Upanishads, which is one of the ancient Yogic texts – and Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads which are used during meditation.  Here are just a few of the benefits you may receive from practicing Sun Salutations:

• You are stronger than you think
• Negative energy does not define you
• You have the power to shift your perspective
• You can find grounding amidst any challenge
• You will discover your inner drive
• You will have increased energy afterwards

Even if you manage 2 instead of 108 – or even get on your yoga mat for 10 minutes to do anything that feels right for you today – you will still reap some benefits and it will help you to bring light into your day.

The summer solstice is our longest day of the year – and the day when we finally feel a new season has truly begun after a long, cold winter. The sun is at its highest point in the sky this year and the long hours of daylight gave our ancestors more time to get on with their tasks, as well as time to relax and play. For us too it can be a time to soak up the sun and to relax and unwind.

The summer solstice is a celebration of the sun and of the return to light – and it can also remind us to reconnect with the light and full potential within us too.

It is also about feeling the connection to nature and celebrating all the beauty the planet has to offer. Spending time in nature helps you to deepen this connection – perhaps by getting up early to listen to the dawn chorus or watch the sun rise, by going for a lovely long walk or being on the beach … mesmerised by the rhythmic flow of the waves. We invite you to get outdoors and explore nature more deeply, in any way that’s right for you.

It is also a perfect time to feel the connection to yourself too. Reflecting on your own life journey is a wonderful way to celebrate the solstice. We invite you to take some time out for quiet reflection – bringing warmth, compassion and gratitude to what you discover along the way.

The summer solstice can also be a time of new beginnings. The seeds of spring have been planted, we’ve nurtured them carefully and watered them well … and now they are coming into full bloom. What ‘seeds’ did you plant earlier in the year – and how are they growing?

The summer solstice is, of course, a turning point in the year – a transition from one season to another. As Spring moves into the long days of Summer, the shorter days of autumn and winter will surely follow. Life is forever changing, and nothing ever stays the same. But right now, we just enjoy the soft rays of the warm summer sun …