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Come Celebrate Summer Solstice 2014! June 18, 2014

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When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”

– Wilma Rudolph

 

This Saturday, June 21st, is Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. It is the day when our part of the world tilts closest to the sun – and, it seemed to the old world, a day when the world pauses. The Middle English word solstice is derived from the Latin words for “sun” (sol) and “to stand still” (sistere). People all over the world mark this notable  shift with holidays, festivals, and a variety of rituals. One way to mark the occasion is by practicing 108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar).

As the sun stands still, let’s move and celebrate the light.

A Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) is a full mind-body-spirit workout. The full range of motions within the practice, as well as the seamless connection to breath, establishes a meditative state and an awareness of each present moment. Practicing 108 Sun Salutations is a traditional way to celebrate seasonal changes, while promoting peace, healing, and personal transformation.

Anyone can do it! Everyone is welcome!

This Saturday. at 9:35 AM, a team of Downtown-Minneapolis YMCA yoga instructors will lead a 108 Sun Salutations as part of the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Weather permitting, we will be on the Downtown-Minneapolis YMCA rooftop!

• TRANSFORM • RENEW • HEAL • ENERGIZE •

Embrace change, new beginnings, and new opportunities. Close the door on old habits and stagnate energy. Harness the power of a sacred cycle honoring and celebrating the connection between endings and beginnings.

WHO:

Everyone is welcome! Myra, Jared, and Mike K will keep count and offer suggestions, modifications, and encouragement so that even someone who has never practiced yoga can experience the power and benefits of this invigorating practice.

WHAT:

A Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) is a full mind-body-spirit workout. The full range of motions within the practice, as well as the seamless connection to breath, establishes a meditative state and an awareness of each present moment. Practicing 108 Sun Salutations is a traditional way to celebrate seasonal changes, while promoting peace, healing, and personal transformation.

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, June 21, 2014

Why is it so long?

We will breathe and flow as a community, at a pace appropriate for everyone within our sacred circle. Each round will begin with a dedication and end with a “restorative moment.” The traditional practice, including Savasana (a final resting pose) will take approximately 3 hours.

Since the physical practice prepares the body for a deep-seated meditation, everyone is invited to stay for a guided meditation.

How much?

The Downtown-Minneapolis mala is for YMCA members and their guests. It is also a donation-based class benefiting the YMCA Annual Campaign. Please contact the Downtown-Minneapolis YMCA about parking on Saturday.

 

~ NAMASTE ~

 

 

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1. Mary Harrison - June 18, 2014

Thanks, Myra. Maybe!!!

If not, I will think of you.

Mary Harrison

ajoyfulpractice - June 20, 2014

Hi Mary! I will definitely think of you!

2. garwell62@comcast.net - June 20, 2014

Hello Myra & Company/team, Thank u 4 sending me these emails. It’s good to know what is going on. It hurts me to miss your events, but I usually work on Saturdays. Sometime in the near future I will have a vacation day Sat & attend one of your yoga special events. Bless you all on this beautiful solstice.

ajoyfulpractice - June 20, 2014

Thanks, Gary! I miss seeing you in class. Have a beautiful and blessed solstice! Namaste, Myra


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