Today is the summer solstice and tomorrow is International Yoga Day and that is not a coincidence. The summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year, has a spiritual meaning for many cultures and it is thought that on this day, the first yogi began sharing the knowledge of yoga with others. Oh, and if all of that was not exciting enough, there is going to be a rare Full Strawberry Moon tonight! What’s a strawberry moon? I had no idea though it sounds kinda delicious and I giggled with Hudson at the idea that maybe we could look up to the sky tonight and see a strawberry instead of the moon. But seriously, a Strawberry Moon, also known as a Full Rose Moon, which sounds equally as lovely, was named by the Algonquin tribes as they thought it was a signal to gather ripening fruit. I love this! Full Moon + Strawberry Moon + Summer Solstice + Yoga = a gaggle of good vibes if you ask me. So let’s dive into what all of this really means celebrate the beauty of all of this goodness. I took my yoga practice to the roof of my office building today! What a treat. Thankfully, it was early enough in the morning that I didn’t catch on fire from the heat. Instead, I focused my practice on heart openers and embraced the warmth of the sun as well as it’s light which I could literally feel and even see as it lit up my third eye — I felt like I was glowing. Pretty awesome.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” — The Bhagavad Gita
The summer solstice is a celebration of the power and light of the sun and the natural forces that guide us. today as well as our daily yoga practice, offers us the opportunity to reconnect with our life’s divine plan and to feel a deep connection to the world around us.
Following the tragedy in Orlando recently, I have found myself reflecting on my own path and the concepts of true unconditional love and acceptance. I have tried to be more aware of the people around me and remind myself to live my intention to honor every person’s light no matter our differences.
Today is the perfect day to honor this light. The light of the sun, the light within us and the light the lies within each human being on this planet.
During my practice today, I gave special attention to Surya namaskar, or the sun salutation. This is the physical expression of honoring this light. It is a moving prayer that symbolizes our life’s path and our journey to fulfillment. It is an expression of gratitude, strength, surrender, and a reminder that we are all connected.
What a wonderful world it would be if we looked beyond labels and beliefs and challenged our judgements so we could love and respect one another. Every living being deserves love and acceptance. While this is easy to say and conceptualize it can be more difficult to live fully in our day to day lives.
So, on the symbolic day, I ask each of you to honor the light that gives us life, the light within ourselves and, most importantly the light that is in each and every person on this planet. Shine your light brightly and in doing so you will brighten the light within others.
“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ by Caroline Adams
With love and LIGHT!