Happy Summer Solstice!
- the solstice that marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, about June 21 in the northern hemisphere and December 22 in the southern hemisphere.
This is a BIG week for yogis, right?! There are traditions across all cultures, some that are centuries old, that celebrate this seasonal pivot point. As you might expect, lots of local studios and teachers are doing special things to mark the moment.
Summer Solstice Cacao Ceremony
June 21 at Yoga Peace Kula in Howell
Celebrate the Arrival of Summer! Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Madhuri and Krishna: Mother Cacao helps to open the door to the emotional heart and facilitate the healing one longs for by allowing for full expression of unresolved feelings. Join us for an evening of healing, expression, medicine songs, meditation and a talking circle as we sit together in ceremony with this ancient heart medicine.
Annual Summer Solstice – 108 Sun Salutations Celebration with Anna & Maribel
June 21 at Yoga Suite & Barre; this class is FREE for everyone!
Celebrate the longest day of the year by embracing the light and honoring the sun! Join us for our first annual Summer Solstice 108 Sun Salutations Celebration on International Day of Yoga! We are honoring the transition to the onset of summer and the longest day in the northern hemisphere – 16 hours of sunlight. This is a time for releasing the old (dark) and welcoming the new (light) by cultivating inner warmth, light and happiness. The two-hour celebration will include 108 (modified) Sun Salutations but balasana – child’s pose is always an option. Do you need to do all 108? No, come and enjoy the time with us.
5th Annual Brick City Solstice
June 21 at Military Park in Newark
Everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice. Our 5th year is filled with free yoga and meditation classes. Let’s fill the park and feel collective peace!
Summer Solstice Sound Healing with Tracy Hart
June 21 at Aquarian Yoga Center Clark
Come celebrate the sun with a summer solstice sound journey. Connect to the earth energy and your own internal sun energy.
Be guided with the sounds of crystal and Himalayan singing bowls (along with other sound instruments) to enter into this new season. Set positive intentions to approach these upcoming longer and warmer days with renewed energy. Experience essential oils that can help to focus your mind and energy as you open your body gently in a series of restorative postures. Then just deeply relax to the sound of the bowls. (No yoga experience needed.)
Summer Solstice Sound Journey w/ Scott Bailey
June 21 at Hot & Soul Yoga in Colts Neck
To celebrate the Summer Solstice this journey, invite the sun energy to help you clear old beliefs or patterns of limitations standing in the way. If you struggle with abundance Scott will take you through a sound journey to meditate and reflect on the old conditions & invite the sun in to dissolve the obstacles that impede your opportunities and embrace abundance that is being realized. Vibrationally, the Summer Solstice is a time when Yang energy is high as well as the Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakra.
2019 Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga
June 21 in Times Square, NYC
A free yoga event in the heart of New York City. Consider making an optional donation to two of our favorite NYC yoga-related charities- Bent on Learning and Exhale to Inhale.
7:30-8:30am Tim Tompkins
9:30-10:30am Dana Flynn
11:30am-12:30pm Catherine Gignac
1:30-2:30pm Donna Rubin, Jen Lobo, and Friends
3:30-4:30pm Rebecca Hajek
5:30-6:30pm Koya Webb
7:30-8:30pm Douglass Stewart
Third Annual Peanut Butter Jelly Time!! Sound Off Yoga With Vanessa Van Noy and Bridget Lyons
June 21 to benefit HEADSTANDS FOR HUNGER in Festival Plaza Pier Village, Long Branch
Headstands For Hunger is again bringing you a unique yoga experience to help stock the summer coffers. We bring you practice that will immerse you in the beauty of the moment using LED wireless headphones. Fully immersed in the practice, no outside distractions can interfere, even in the middle of a crowd.
The Longest Day Fundraiser for Alzheimers Association
June 21 at Indigo Yoga West Caldwell
Alex Peluso will be teaching yoga in efforts to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Please consider taking a class and contributing to this cause that directly and indirectly impacts so many of us. Donations of any amount are welcome.
Solstice Meditation, Yoga, & Intention Setting with Allison Sorokin
June 21 at Align Yoga & Strength Matawan
Celebrate the sun & longest day of the year with community and intention. Join Allison of AYD and Gayle from Courageous Hearts Inspire for a evening of reflection, movement and manifestation.
$50 workshop Includes
– A What’s Your Word Bracelet
– Meditation/intention Setting
– Yoga Practice
– Refreshments & Community on the patio.
Sound Healing Chakra Cleanse and Restorative Yoga with Tracy Hart
June 22 at AMP Yoga in Springfield
In this two hour workshop, Tracy Hart will guide you into gentle stretches, breathing exercises, and restorative yoga poses that work along with the sound of the crystal singing bowls to soothe your body and mind. Sound healing can balance and cleanse the chakras, relieve stress, and bring the body into a state of deep relaxation.
Tracy will take you through a guided meditation where you will learn to use your breath, visualization techniques, mantras, and affirmations to reach the highest potential of each of your energy centers so that you can manifest your positive intentions. Then just lay back and enjoy a long savasana as she plays the crystal singing bowls. Want even more help bringing your intentions into your life? Tracy can play the healing Himalayan singing bowl directly on your heart center to allow these intentions to vibrate even higher.
June 22 at Blue Moon Yoga in Shrewsbury
Learn how to safely and intelligently practice Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm balance) and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand). This workshop will teach you how to properly prepare your body to practice inversion, the correct anatomical alignment and stages of progression that will successfully take you into the full expression of the pose. This workshop is for all levels of inversion practitioners- whether you have never been upside down before or if you are a seasoned practitioner. Variation and modifications for all inversions will be offered.
Yogeswari Master Class – Backbends, Bhakti & Total Heart Opening
June 23 at Jivamukti, Jersey City
Backbends are an age-old recipe for letting go of muscular contractions and emotional hardening in the heart region. This unleashes the discovery of an unlimited potential for physical, emotional and spiritual freedom. There is a natural evolution towards Bhakti practices, which are devotional yogic practices such as chanting, poetry, ritual and offering. Communication becomes easier, and interactions with others are less contrived. A deeper understanding and capacity for love, compassion and beauty arises naturally. In this workshop, we will explore the important role that Bhakti plays in Jivamukti Yoga, and what it has to do with opening the hip flexors (Iliopsoas), the thoracic spine, shoulders, clavicular and heart region.
Phoenix Fundraiser Hatha Yoga
June 23 at Kin Chi Yoga in Hazlet
Kin Chi Yoga is hosting a fundraiser class to benefit Root to Rise Phoenix. Class will be a 75 minute Hatha Yoga with a Singing Bowl Meditiation. No heat.
May Louie first took yoga in college to fulfill a Phys-Ed requirement and immediately fell in love.
She did not continue with her practice THEN, but reconnected with it when she retired from her corporate job in 2002 and has since become a serious yoga enthusiast. After her second retirement in 2017, she completed her 200-hour RYT certification, studying with Dina Crosta, Ellen Mosko, and Jamie Segal Hanley, with a focus on alignment based flow.
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