The Summer Solstice is the point where Yang energy reaches its fullness. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fire is the element associated with Summer, and it has the power to give light, and to illuminate our inner being as well as our external world. It is important to harness the peak of this Yang energy, because as Summer shifts into Fall, Yang energy will decline. Yin energy begins to rise, later reaching its peak with the Winter Solstice. Many ancient cultures celebrated the Solstice as a day of extreme spiritual and physical importance because of it being the longest day of light.
In this two hour class, we will begin with dynamic movement including the Sun Salutations to honor the peak of the Sun’s strength. From there, we will shift into slower, longer-held Yin poses to prepare for the second half of the year. Please bring a journal/paper and pen for a moment of reflection at the end of class.