Today 21st June is International Yoga day and the summer solstice for 2017.
In 2015 Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Addressing the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations. Modi said “Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” Noting that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition”, he said: “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being,” he said, adding “By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.”
Today sees the third International Yoga Day which is being celebrated by yogis and yoginis all over the world.
Today is also the summer solstice for the northen hemisphere for 2017. The summer solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. After this day the earth moves back towards winter with the days becoming shorter. That is not to say we still haven’t got plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sun and daylight whilst it is here. The solstice marks the beginning of the summer season, which gives us plenty of opportunity for warm-weather activities and simple summer fun. We can absorb the energy of the world around us and use it to help nourish and sustain us as we move through the second half of the year.
The solstice is a good opportunity to take a moment, be still and look back on our own unique journey from the Winter Solstice. Soltice comes from the latin words of “sol” meaning sun and “sistere” meaning to stand still. At the solstices the movement of the sun’s path, as seen from earth, comes to a stop before reversing direction. We can acknowledge this literal turning point of the year by reflecting ourselves. By asking what our intentions are for the second half of the year, what new steps are you taking that are really important to you, how will you nuture yourself and what is it that you wish to encourage in your life right now. We can use the answers to guide us through the coming months as we draw inwards to winter, just like the Earth will start preparing to do too.
At the solstice it is considered auspicious to practise surya namaskar, sun salutations, to connect with and build upon the enliving solar energy that is prevelant. This practice can be as bold as 108 rounds of sun salutes or a simple single reverant bow to the sun acknowledging the changing of the season. But regardless of how you choose to acknowledge the solstice, let the solar energies of the world around you nourish you and support you.
Be like a beautiful butterfly in the summer sun, open up to the energy of the sun, absorb it and use it to take flight towards your dreams.