Corona Virus Can't Touch This: Winter Solstice
Àse Yoga is celebrating the Winter solstice this Monday, December 21, 2020. It arrives at 5:02 AM. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol ("sun") and sistere ("to stand still"). While the earth rotates on its axis, it tilts so that the sun appears to be sitting still. Something phenomenal is happening: And it's not only the first day of winter but the longest night of the year, with the nights shorter as spring approaches. Darkness is ending, and light begins.
Admittedly, this year has been challenging. From the moment it started, occurrences not visible to the human eye woke us up. It's been emotional. Our lives were inundated with words like "shut down," "quarantine," "ventilators," "zoom," "mask," "stimulus checks," and "mitigation" For some of us, we're still here, while others are not. Reportedly, more than 97,966 businesses have permanently shut down during the pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths. But there were other non-covid related casualties such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart attacks, unemployment, foreclosure... Personal tragedies happened in our life. Now we are approaching the winter solstice.
But what have we learned? Have we learned to slow down, be grateful, seek purpose, mature, and transform...Unfortunately, in this technologically focused world, we've become distracted. Instead, we celebrate the advent of the new iPhone, new television series, or sports team. Like an ostrich, we bury our head into the sand, thinking our enemies can't see us. Yet, ignoring the solstice doesn't mean we're unaffected by it.
So why not celebrate this rare solstice, which is allowing us to commune with the light, change our lives, and spiritually grow as the days grow longer. Restore and Rebalance; Rebirth and Refocus. The winter solstice is a time for us to get ourselves together, to reflect on our health, family and friends, occupations, and life. At this time, we spiritually nourish our bodies; we tune inward, reflect on the past year, and prepare for the coming years—Àse yoga winter solstice celebration at 5 pm. Join us as we take the journey of our ancestors of rebirth and rebalance. Celebrate the winter solstice.