It’s About The Breath

The longest day of the year, the summer solstice, occurs this Friday, June 21 2013 at 1:04 am. In the Yoga tradition it is one more opportunity to cultivate the light within.

Last year I reported on the collective Om of thousands of yoga enthusiasts in NYC and it will happen again this Friday on Broadway between 43rd and 48th Streets.

Locally BYS Yoga stonehenge-summer-solsticewill have a Thursday asana and the mantra session at 6:30 focusing on the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra that works to balance all realms of existence through sound.

Another traditional yoga way to honor the day is to complete 108 Sun Salutations. The Sun Salutation contains a wide range of movements: forward and back bend, lengthening the spine, grounding the feet, strengthening the upper body, stretching the lower body, and expanding the lungs; all while following the breathe and holding the gaze.

Why do all of this? A yoga practice binds the breath to movement to center us and quiet our wandering minds. Another opportunity for us to Be Here Now.

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  1. phyllis Berkovitz says:

    OM OM OM

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