Our entire workout today will be done outside to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
Today is the summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. We are so fortunate in our northern latitude to have such long days during the summer. Of course the flip side of these days in the winter can get a bit rough.
It is a modern Yoga tradition to do 108 Sun Salutations on the winter and summer solstices. In fact, we have done this several times together both at the gym and our yoga friends' studio. This year we don't have plans for an organized 108 Sun Salutations. So, I thought it would be fun to turn our solstice tradition into our weekly lifestyle practice.
Starting today and ending next Wednesday, June 28th, the weekly lifestyle practice is to do 15 Sun Salutations every day. This, of course, only gets you to 105, so you need to add 3 more in there somewhere.
The Sun Salutation is like a long slow burpee. There are several variations, and they all have the benefit of moving every joint and making you feel really good. You don't have to do these all at once. In fact, I recommend breaking them up into 3 sets of 5 every day. Do 5 when you wake up, 5 mid-day and 5 in the evening a few hours after dinner. You can also do them as part of your warm-up for class.
Here's a video demonstration from the Yoga Journal of a Sun Salutation for beginners. Enjoy!
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