Also known as midsummer, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year. Usually falling on 21st June, throughout history – across many religions and cultures – the summer solstice has been celebrated as the symbolic transitioning into the long, bright (pah! we wish!) days of summer in the northern hemisphere.

International Yoga Day

But it is also an important date in the yoga calendar because, since 2015, June 21st has been recognised as International Yoga Day.  It is celebrated worldwide as yogis take to their mats to salute the sun and reap the benefits of their daily practice. But summer solstice is also an excellent time for those who are new to yoga to take advantage of the buzz and try out a class.

Here at Pilayoga we have a special Yin Yang Gong Bath Meditation on Thursday 20th June 11.45am – 12.45pm which is open to all – members and non-members alike.  This gong bath event is a perfect introduction to those new to yoga:  it involves an hour of relaxation and meditation, accompanied by soothing sounds and aromatherapy with no need for yoga experience, and is so gentle it is deemed suitable for all fitness levels.

What is a gong bath?

The ‘bath’ bit of the title is a little misleading – gong baths have nothing to do with water. Zero tubs involved. Instead, the word ‘bath’ is used figuratively to describe the all-encompassing experience of the sound and vibrational energy of gongs which are used throughout the practice. Sound is an ancient and powerful tool used to help quieten the mind and allow the body to deeply relax.

What are the benefits of gong baths?

A gong bath has many benefits and has shown to be excellent therapy for fatigue, feelings of separation, loneliness, anger, fear, hostility and many other conditions caused by a lack of balance and harmony in the body and mind.

The Yoga Studio here at PilaYoga at The Marlow Club is a perfect yoga studio venue for an hour’s meditation – and, we think it is a perfect opportunity for those of you looking for a yoga experience in Marlow to come and try something free of the fear of being unable to ‘perform’ the postures.

Happy International Yoga Day everyone. And, given that the theme of this year is “Yoga for Peace” may we take this opportunity to wish you a very peaceful summer solstice. And let’s all, collectively, cross our fingers that the solstice heralds the arrival of an actual summer….? Pretty please?