Today marks the first official day of summer. It is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. While the season of sangria, seashells, and sunburns has only just begun, the days that were once getting longer will now begin to recede into darkness. Yogis believe this day to be a reminder of the balance and harmony in the natural world – the interchange between hours of sun and shade a parallel to our own movements through the light and dark of life. Not only is it a day to celebrate the sunny, carefree days to come but also to reflect on the idea of living more in equilibrium.
I’m planning to celebrate the day with some outdoor yoga, getting my sun salutations in while there’s still light left.