Summer Solstice: The Facts
1. A solstice is an astronomical event, there are two solstice’s a year’ a summer solstice when the sun reaches its peak height at noon and a winter solstice when the sun reaches its lowest point.
2. The summer solstice is the official first day of summer!
3. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (summer) or the shortest day of the year (winter).
4. The solstice is a celebrated occurrence in many religions and cultures.
5. Because the planet Mars is farther from the sun, it experiences its solstice every 23 months as opposed to our 6 month intervals.
Summer Solstice: What It Means
Obviously it doesn’t have to mean anything. Summer solstice could come and go without us really being aware. But it can be an opportunity to shed away woes and experiences from the winter months that may have been challenging emotionally, physically or in any way really. To rebirth a new period of optimism and drive.
A great way to begin this new period is to take a moment to reflect and to move on by way of a celebration… and who doesn’t love a celebration!
Celebrating Summer Solstice with FRAME
The Sun Salute yoga practice is a perfect method for celebration; an offering of energy of the first day of Summer as a sign of good things to come. Like shedding an old skin to make way for the new, it is a physically challenging sequence with the intention of peace at the end.
At 7.30pm in Shoreditch this evening we will be working towards the practice of 108 Sun Salutations in two hours.
The figure 108 is symbolic in many ways. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism all feature a significance of this figure.
– 108 is the number of Upanishads comprising Indian philosophy’s “Vedic texts”.
– 108 is the number of names for Shiva.
– 108 is the number of names for Buddha. Mathematically the number is also significant and the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
A less challenging, but equally significant and celebratory 90 minute practice will take place at 7.15pm at our Kings Cross and Victoria studios.
For more info about tonight’s workshops: Summer Solstice Yoga Workshops