Last night at yoga practice, our teacher tied the winter solstice to our practice. Tomorrow, December 21, is the winter solstice--the shortest day of the year. Our teacher explained how people used to mark this as the real turning point in the year, when the sun stands still and then slowly comes back to bring more light and life to earth. It's almost like an earlier new year. We did a lot of twists to "ring out" the bad and then a lot of opening postures to open ourselves up to the good. At the end of class, we did a meditation: we closed our eyes, and on our exhales we focused silently on the word "release," and on our inhales we silently focused on the word "receive." She closed our practice with a wish for a happy new year when the winter solstice is here, and so I'd like to offer the same wish from me to you and yours.
"We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne."