Did you know that International Yoga Day and Summer Solstice both fall on the same day? Coincidence? I think not. For those who practice yoga and find beauty in the summer solstice, June 21st is a meaningful day.
Let’s take a quick history lesson. For those of you who don’t know, the birth of the International Day of Yoga was made possible by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) 8 years ago. On December 11, 2014, UNGA proclaimed June 21 as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day.
The Summer Solstice is actually not an event to be celebrated rather it is the longest day of the year and the shortest night in the Northern Hemisphere. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol” meaning sun and “stitium” meaning still. It usually takes place between June 20 and 22, depending on the year, and this year, it falls on June 21. The summer solstice has been observed by humans as early as the Stone Age. It is being celebrated by different cultures around the world through feasts, bonfires, picnics, and songs.
The Significance of Practicing Yoga during the Summer Solstice
It’s a beautiful coincidence that the International Day of Yoga and summer solstice both fall on the same day, June 21st. The day when the sun appears to stand still is the perfect time to practice yoga and find stillness. The Sun symbolizes life, light, energy, positivity, and confidence while yoga is a systematic practice of relaxation, positive thinking, and meditation aimed at being in harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Practicing yoga during summer solstice becomes more special than it already is.
Summertime yoga has multiple benefits for your mind and body. It’s the perfect season to open up the body and deepen your connection with the mind and soul. Practicing yoga in warmer weather and on the longest day of the year can help remove whatever stress and tension have built up over the past few months. As summer symbolizes freedom, happiness, and self-development, so shall you experience these as you practice yoga under the warmth and glow of the summer sun.
How to Celebrate International Yoga Day
So, do you have plans for this coming International Yoga Day?
Join me for a special complimentary yoga class on June 21st and let’s celebrate together!