This week’s YOLY Challenge is centered on the occasion of the summer solstice which is celebrated around the world beginning this week. The solstice is a unique time in our calendar when we specifically honor the sun and all of its significance. It is also a great opportunity to connect with our Year of Living Yogically Challenge. We can use the summer solstice tribute to shine more light onto our lives this week.
One way to celebrate this period is to literally salute the sun through a series of yoga poses. In Sanskrit this series is called Surya Namaskar. Translated, it means to bow to or adore the sun.
The diagram below will remind you of how the poses flow together. You can choose to incorporate all or some of these poses into your sequence. Traditionally, the sun salutation is repeated 12 times, however, you should decide for yourself how many sun salutations you’d like to undertake each day this week.
Connecting with your breath is an important part of the sun salutations. Allow your exhalations to bring about a feeling of release each time you fold. Then, as you inhale, rise and receive all that is nurturing and life giving.
If you are unable to perform the sun salutation for whatever reason, you can substitute the asana sequence for another ritual – a special meal or gathering. You can also simply take some time each day this week to reflect on your radiance and how you can bring more light and joy to yourself and the world around you.
Here comes the sun…