Winter Solstice Ceremony & Candelit Yoga Evening
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About The Event
Winter Solstice Ceremony & Candelit Yoga Evening
It's been a difficult year for many of us. During this ceremony we will self-reflect and say goodbye to the year that was, letting go with love and with grace. We will rest and reset, self-nurturing our body and soul. We will renew our energy and our passion for living with the intention to bring more harmony to the world.
This beautiful, atmospheric, seasonal workshop is an opportunity to reflect and nurture ourselves as we move into the darkest day of the year. We start at dusk, and watch the light slowly disappear until we are illuminated only by the glow of candles.
The evening will begin with some sumptuously slow yoga, deeply connecting to our breath and body, interwoven with some meditative Yin Yoga. Our Solstice Ceremony will follow, where we honour the passing year, and welcome in the coming year with inner reflections on our gains and losses Our focus for 2020 will be new beginnings, a rebirth, and a shedding of all that has passed.
Stillness and meditation comes next, with some optional soft chanting.
And finally, we end the evening in deep relaxation with a live performance of soft, nurturing mantras. Lie back and enjoy! Food and drink available afterwards.
Winter Solstice 2019
2019 has been a difficult year for many. A lot of changes have had to be assimilated. Far more political unrest than most of us have ever experienced. Feelings of incomprehension of how the world is evolving. Our theme for the Solstice Ceremony this year is one of bringing new beginnings, a fresh new energy into our lives and into the wider world. Moving out of the physical darkness of winter, and the psychological darkness of the current state of affairs, and bursting forth with renewed vigour, with light in our hearts and love in our souls.
Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on Sunday 22nd December at 04.19am. This is the point when the sun is at its most southerly position. On this day, the sun rises later and sets earlier than any other day of the year. It hangs low and weak in the sky during the brief daylight hours, barely rising above the treeline. Daytime shadows are at their longest.
This is the time of the shortest day, and the longest night of the year. A time for resting. For renewing. For retreating. A time for celebration also, welcoming the return of the light as the sun makes it’s way back northwards and we start the journey back towards summer.
What to Bring
- We will each light our own space with fairy lights, but please bring your own battery candles or well-contained, flame and spill proof tea lights in mason jars (Jam jars create a wonderful holder for tea lights!)
- For the ceremony, you might like to bring along something that represents a symbol of hope.
- Make sure you bring a journal to self-reflect on, and some scrap paper.
Start the Journey Right Now
Begin your self-reflection today by asking yourself:
- What do I want to let go of from this year? What do I want to release?
- What intentions do I want to put in place to bring into next year?
* We will start with some centring, setting an intention to let go and bring in the new.
* We will then move slowly and mindfully wtih some easy Yin Yoga poases, to withdraw and come back to ourselves.
* We will come to stillness with some easy chanting and meditation.
* Then we will hold a Solstice Ceremony, doing some self-reflection, letting go of the year that was and setting intentions for the year to come.
* We will finish off with some deep relaxation with sound healing.
* And lastly we will share some drinks and snacks in community for some soulful conversation.
About Julie who is running the event:
I went to my first ever Yoga Class in 1992, in Costa Rica, where I was on a year long study trip for my University Degree. I was intrigued. I wanted more. I spent the rest of the year travelling around South America trying to recreate the shapes I had experienced in this one class. The only ones I could remember were Tree and Child pose. Hardly a well-rounded practice, but I was hooked.
When I got back to the UK, I signed up for the nearest class I could find, taught by the beautiful Gita. By the end of the first class, I knew I had found something wonderful. My agitated mind was showing signs of serenity. My exhausted body was feeling energised. By the end of the second class, I knew I wanted to be a Yoga Teacher…………
My passion is to teach Yoga in it’s traditional sense – to use the full range of Yogic tools and techniques to bring about a sense of peace, of calm, of bliss. To find the inner core of our being.
I wholeheartedly believe that Yoga is as much about Meditation, Pranayama and Chanting as it is about postures. They all go hand-in-hand to create this wonderful system, passed down through the Centuries.
- Full Price£25£250£0