Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. It is a wonderful time to take pause and recognise the sun as the true guiding light in our lives. As yogis, our aim is to Lighten Up in more ways than one! Going outside of our body to find inspiration and a source of energy enables us to find that reflection within.
On June 21st, please join me from 6pm at Indaba to honour the sun with 108 salutations. You can join in at any time if you either can’t make it on time for 6pm, or have your sights set on practicing a portion of the 108.
Jason Kalidas will be playing live music, and I will do the counting leading 3 sets of 36 salutations with a brief rest in between.
Here are my top 5 tips to ensure you have a meditative, injury free summer solstice practice. 1. Take it slow. Not unlike a marathon, jump backs, extra leg lifts and any other fancy embellishments are better left at the door. Practicing 108 salutations is about energy efficiency, stability and steady, rhythmic breathing. 2. Hydrate. Before the practice, make sure you have been drinking plenty of water, and have a bottle on hand for the pauses in between sets. 3. Listen to your body. It’s not a competition, so when your body needs to take a break, rest. You can join back in whenever you are ready. 4. Eat a nutritious lunch. Try to refrain eating 2 hours before the practice, but treat yourself to a wholesome meal at lunchtime, your body will need the fuel. 5. Mind over matter. The practice is more about being mentally focused than physically fit ( though don’t let it be your first time on the yoga mat 🙂 set a goal for yourself, and use a mantra or short, uplifting phrase to keep your mind alert and tuned in to the body.
And on a practical note, you may with to bring a small towel if you think you may sweat.
I hope to see you on the mat!