The 21st of June marks the summer solstice. On this day the sun rises early, swathing the world in light and then stays with us a little while longer before making way for cool evening glow of the moon. Throughout the world different cultures take advantage of extended hours of sunshine to celebrate the often inexplicable marvels of mother nature. There’s more than enough to cherish here in Texas so we’ve compiled a list of ideas for honoring the Solstice here at home.
Host a Summer Solstice Meal
There’s no better way we can think of to celebrate the longest day of the year than by surrounding ourselves with good people and good food. According to Marnie Castor, a Farmhouse friend and yoga goddess, Aryuveda, the sister science to yoga, connects summer to internal and external fire. As temperatures rise in the midsummer our bodies crave cooling foods. Marnie recommends filling up on summer treats like mangos, berries, melons, cilantro and cucumbers and avoiding heavy meats and fried foods in order to calm our internal fire instead of stoking it.
By eating locally and seasonally we are already honoring the summer harvest and fueling our bodies with exactly what they need. This year on the solstice, have a picnic or a potluck with friends and neighbors and bask in the extended moments of natural light.
Texas has a treasure trove of natural space ripe for exploring. From Big Bend to Barton Creek there is no shortage of lakes, trails, hills and valleys in the Lone Stare State. Wake up with the sun and pick your adventure.
The day after the Summer Solstice marks International Day of Yoga. All over the world yogis join together in studios and public spaces- including Austin’s Capital lawn- to celebrate the practice and community of yoga with all. Prepare your mind and body for everything the day has in store. Marnie suggests a yoga practice that reflects a slower and cooler page involving heart openers to express joy, like upward facing dog, camel pose, bow pose, bridge pose and twists to activate the small intestine.