Solstice & Equinox practices
Solstice & Equinox practices
held every 3 months, These workshops celebrate the changing seasons
Our ancestors understood that our life’s path and spiritual journey cycles with nature. Ancient wisdom recognised four major moments on the celestial calendar: Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. The Light Collective curates experiences that connect people with the rhythms of the natural world; the sun, the moon, the planets, the tides and the earth, so that they can experience their connectedness with all things. Through the solstice and equinox events we tune into the cyclical patterns of mother nature and celebrate the coming season. Through ancient traditions and sacred space, we acknowledge and tune into the outside world as an individual and community. This is an opportunity to expand, connect and rewild.
The students who participate in these sessions are a mix of ages and are all at different stages of their lives and their yoga practices. Each practice is different but can include:
Yoga and energy practices
Philosophy and wise stories
Guided meditations, Yoga Nidra and relaxation
Crystal bowl and sound healing
Sharing circles and sacred space
Marking a shift from the cooler months towards the warmer months, it's a time to reset, unfurl and expand our bodies and minds with new routines and rhythms. Wake up from the heaviness of Winter and move stagnant energy, in order to revitalise with the abundance of Spring.
An energetic opening that truly celebrates Prana, life force, and reminds us of our own inner light. The sun represents heat and movement, that we cultivate in our lives through yang energy. Summer draws you outside and creates this sense of awakening.
This poignant moment signifies the astrological end to the heat and vibrancy of Summer, and an opening towards a time of shedding and change. Releasing through softness, as the expression of energy moves from an outer yang state to a more inner yin state. It is a time to retreat, clear and let go.
The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year. Due to the tilt of the sun it’s one of 2 moments in the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are of equal length. A balance moment.
When we celebrate and mark an equinox or a Full Moon, we are shifting the way we perceive nature, time and our own spiritual journey. When we bring our attention towards Gaia's rhythms and the celestial movements of planets, the Sun and the Moon, our own understanding of the personal path we tread deepens. We begin to recognise how we shift as Divine beings in physical form with the shift of vibration around us.
The Autumn leaves mark a moment of loss- releasing Summer, letting go in the heart, brings with it the invitation towards Forgiveness. Forgiveness of others and mostly the self. There is so much freedom to be found in forgiveness, it releases us and awakens the purity of the Heart space. A beautiful place to begin the start of the astrological year- Fresh, Clean, Unstruck, Pure and Open. The real meaning of Anahata, The Heart Chakra.
A pivotal time that not only signifies the longest night of the year, but the rebirth of the sun. This period brings contemplative and restorative downtime for the body and mind, the rest and digest we crave for balance in our vitality.
The elliptical nature of the earths rotation around the sun and its tilt brings the experience of the sun as arcing over our planet. In Summer the arc is high across the sky and over the course of the year it slowly lowers until it’s lowest point, tonight, creating the shortest day and the longest night. From today the suns arc gradually increases heralding longer days and more light into our lives.
For this reason, although this day would traditionally mark the start of Winter, it became a moment of celebration, a moment of hope, the tipping point between the dark and the light. The Winter Solstice Night reflected an ancient wisdom, a vast faith and a joy in the great forces of nature and divinity.
An understanding of the balance of life. The darkness is needed. It is a moment of rest. An internal journey of the soul. It is the quiet that descends our lives in Winter, the quiet of nature as it rests. When we follow the patterns of nature, we step into a Divine Rhythm of rest and action, dark and light, Ha and Tha, the Sun and the Moon. Some people fear the dark. Resting in themselves. They mask it with too much action, too much food, alcohol and drugs.
When we have faith in the constant cycle of the Universe, there is no need to fear the rest time, the dark spaces of our minds and bodies, because we begin to understand that within it all resides the light. The spark of Joy, beauty, growth and grace. We have nothing to fear because we can feel and sense the growing light both outside and within. We allow ourselves to be at peace. To celebrate the darkness is to know our own light, our own fire, that continues to burn.
I attended the Winter Solstice event on Saturday night run by Sian from the Light Collective. It was an incredibly transformative evening for me. Sian and her team held a very safe space for me to really open up and go deep within and managed to stay there for the whole session. The combination of mantra, yin yoga, pranayama, mudra and sound was incredibly powerful. The theme of the winter solstice, finding those dark places inside and bringing the light to them, was timely for me. I was able to get to a dream-like state where I visualised waving goodbye to the old and then pulled myself through an energetic boundary and got my whole self to the other side. I was then swimming from the depths of the ocean towards the light on the surface and broke through the surface to jump up onto a rock and bathe in the sunlight, with a complete feeling of freedom. Wow, it gives me shivers just remembering one of the most powerful meditations I have experienced. Incredibly grateful to Sian and her team for creating the space for me to get there.