Winter Solstice marks the time when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn, and in Northern Hemisphere, we experience the shortest day and longest night of the year in terms of daylight. Winter Solstice marks the official start of winter. As the Earth begins to tilt back towards the Sun, signifying the completion of another life cycle before the spring returns! The Winter Solstice has been celebrated around the world, for thousands of years, as the shortest day of the year and as a cyclical return to sunlight.
The winter season is usually associated with Yin qualities, of slowness, of reflection, and receptivity. A rebirth along the cycle of life, as the world continues to spin and renewal. Some traditions celebrate this time as the triumph of light, over darkness, while others honour the darkness. So let’s celebrate both the darkness and the return of the sun’s radiance, welcoming both darkness and the slow return of light because we need both.
Winter solstice is a great time to pause and reflect and to set intentions for our forward motions. In this class we will contemplate over some questions, set intentions, practice calming pranayama, start by moving our bodies in a yang practice, representing the sun, warming up the muscles and grounding through our legs, just to finish with slowing down our practice with some yin poses, representing the dark!
You will need blocks, bolsters, blankets, or anything you can use instead of these, that will function the same way! A candle, and a notebook & pen.