This year, Summer Solstice will take place on Wednesday 21st June.

But what exactly does that mean?

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and, in the northern hemisphere, this is because the Earth is tilted toward the sun more than any other time. Summer Solstice marks the middle of the year, and the official start of summer as the days start to shorten from now on. For some, such as those who follow Druidism, it is a religious day that they take to worship the sun and the Earth mother. But for many, it is a time to gather at historical sites, such as Stonehenge, and admired the late sunset.

It is a time of hope, of life and of light. Now is an opportunity to incorporate these themes into your practice. It is also a moment to remain still and take some time to connect to the Earth around you before we move towards the Winter Solstice with shorter, darker days.

What can I do to celebrate Summer Solstice? 

Meditate 

Set yourself up in a calm, quiet spot that you feel connected to; perhaps your garden or somewhere a place you have good memories of. Take a moment to reflect on what you have achieved over the past six months. Have you grown as a person? Achieved anything you’re particularly proud of? Or perhaps there are things that you still want to work on as we move towards the winter solstice. Be inspired by the power of the sun.

Sun Salutation

Sun salutations are great at any time of the year as they provide a gentle cardiovascular workout. But they have particular significance at this time of year when the sun is at its strongest.

  • Stand at the front of your mat with your feet together. Relax your shoulders. Breath in. As you exhale, bring your palms together to prayer pose.
  • Breathe in. Lift your arms up and then back over your head, rolling your shoulders back.
  • Breath out. Fold over at the waist. Bring your hands down and place them on the floor either side of your feet.
  • Breath in. Stretch your right leg back and lay it on the mat.
  • Breath in. Lay your left leg down, keeping your arms straight and strong.
  • Bring your knees down to the mat. Breath out. Lift your hips up slightly.
  • Breath in. Slide forward and lift your chest up into Cobra position, lift your chin up and look up.
  • Breath out. Lift your hips up into downward facing dog.
  • Breath in. Bring your right foot up in between your two hands.
  • Breath out. Bring your left foot forward to meet the right. Keep your palms on the floor.
  • Breath in. Roll the spine back and lift your hands up above your head, pushing your hips out.
  • Breath out. Bring your hands down and straighten your body.