December 21 is the shortest day of the year. Also called the winter solstice. From this day on it slowly gets lighter again and the days get longer. During the winter solstice, the sun is at the northernmost or southernmost position of the earth. The winter solstice is a day on which various rituals are held to welcome the light into the darkness. In this blog, you can read more about this day and what you can do during this day.
Turning inward during the winter solstice
During the winter solstice, you are invited to turn within. In feeling to go and be at the moment. The dark period is over, and you can face the light again. But even though the days are getting longer. Winter invites you to be in silence with yourself.
Yin Yoga is a beautiful way to turn inwards. Through deep stretches and breathing, you will feel and relax your body. This allows you to turn inwards at a deep level. The online yin & fascia therapy workshop is a great training to turn inward and feel on a deep level.
Personal growth and setting intentions during the winter solstice
Dark quiet periods are perfect for personal growth and setting intentions. On December 23, the moon is also in its new moon phase in Capricorn. The period when you can set new intentions and silently give space to the seeds you want to plant. During this period, you can start well with the exercises from the Moon Phase Yin Yoga E-book. Here you will find exercises for every moon phase, and you can repeat every cycle.
Letting go and opening up to new
Because the end of the year is approaching, and the days are also getting longer, you can let go of what you no longer want to carry with you in 2023 during the winter solstice. Take the time to reflect on what you want to let go of. You can do this through meditation, breathwork and yoga. But also by writing from your heart. In a journal or on a paper that you can burn during the winter solstice. Some hold a big feast with a big fire. You could then burn the paper in this. Of course, you can also make a fire yourself in your garden. Have fun with the people you love.
You can also do my 21-day inner work challenge to turn inwards.