The Yoga Wheel of the Year
Sunlight and Shadow
Mircea Elliade in his book "Yoga: Immortality and Freedom" says: "A considerable proportion of Indian mystical physiology is based upon the identifications of "suns" and "moons" in the human body."
Yoga is often translated as "union", as in a marriage. This union, or marriage, between complimentary opposites helps us to find balance in our lives. The goal of yoga is to balance these complimentary opposites, so that we reach a state of equilibrium and peace.
The Wheel of the Year gives us a very tangible way of integrating sunlight and shadow, light and dark, yin and yang, inner and outer, and heaven and earth, into our lives and into our yoga practice. At the summer solstice when the light is at its most expansive, we learn to stay connected to the inner wisdom and healing powers of darkness. At the winter solstice when darkness has peaked, we learn to create a space within our own hearts for the return of the Sun.
What is the Wheel of the Year?
The Wheel of the Year is made up of eight key points that are linked to the solar calendar and the earth’s cycles. There are four quarter points that relate to the solar calendar. These are: the summer and winter solstices, when the days are longest and shortest, and the spring and autumn equinoxes when the days are of equal length. In between each of the quarter points are the four cross quarter Celtic festivals, which mark the seasonal beginnings.
An awareness of the changing seasons and the Earth's rhythms can enrich and inspire our yoga practice and our life.
BBC Wheel of the Year Link
Why Work With The Wheel of the Year?
Yoga helps us to connect with our
own natural rhythms and cycles. In the same way there is great joy in being aware of the seasons and celebrating them in simple ways. It is a way of connecting to an ancient system of Earth awareness, used by our ancestors, and through it become integrated into the natural flow of the Earth’s cycles.
The eight Celtic festivals provide an opportunity every six weeks to link to the cycle of the seasons, to review what we have been doing, understand what we have learned from our experiences and focus on what we want to encourage or change in our lives. By focussing on ourselves in this way we become much clearer about who we are and create closer connections to the Earth. These eight Celtic
festivals are part of a continuous cycle without beginning or
A Link to Glennie Kindred's website
Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
“Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.”