Winter Solstice

The shortest day of the year marks the rebirth of the Sun, it marks a new beginning.

Winter solstice 2019 at 22 December 5:19am CET.

Mandala Surya | Wolfs Yoga Retreats Portugal

The end of a cycle is here. On the 22nd of December the winter solstice takes place, the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year. Solstice literally translates into ‘sun standing still’ and describes the moment when the sun reaches its southernmost point from earth’s equator.

This marks a period to pause, to stand still and to turn inward. It’s a time to slow down and to reflect on this past year. Reflect, write and set intentions. Find out what you want 2020 to bring you. What do you want? Why do you want that? And what do you need to do to align yourself to make that happen? What do you choose to leave behind that is no longer serving you? What do you choose to bring with you?

It is also a month to celebrate. To celebrate the end of a cycle and the start of new beginnings. It is a time to honour and to spend with our loved ones. A period of the year to stay inside, to gather around the fireplace, to take a warm bath and drink hot ginger tea.

We collected some of our favourite Winter Solstice rituals for you, that can support you to transition into the new year.

  • Light & warmth | Light your fireplace, or if you don’t have one, burn beeswax candles. Take a hot bath before you sleep and treat yourself to an oil massage. In winter I love massaging myself with warm raw sesame oil and then take a long hot bath, to let the oil be absorbed into my body. Warming, grounding and nourishing ❤
  • Gratitude | When you wake up, place a hand on your heart and one on your lower belly and take a deep breath in and out. Now think of three things in life, you’re grateful for. And really feel this gratitude throughout your heart, body and soul. Smile into your being and feel how blessed you are. Remember that you are always guided, supported, and loved.
  • Give back ❤ | If you find yourself in abundance in any form and feel the desire to share your blessings, give back to those with less. Volunteer for a day, donate food or perform random acts of kindness. Smile. Even a smile can change someone’s day. Your efforts will illuminate someone’s darkness and remind them that there is always light to be found.
  • Life vision | Reflect, write and set intentions for the new year. Find out what you want for the time to come. What do you want 2020 to bring you? Why do you want that? And what do you need to do to align yourself to make that happen? What do you choose to leave behind that is no longer serving you? What do you choose to bring with you? Reflect on different areas that are important to you (quality of life, self love/care, love life, social, intellectual, career, financial, etc). Create time to do this.
  • Let go | Write down a list of things you want to let go of in your life, habits or patterns for example, that do not serve you any longer. Say them out loud and visualised yourself letting go of these. You could also burn the list, to release the past through fire.
  • Food | Nourish your body with grounding, plant based, easy to digest, cooked food. Winter calls for root vegetables, soups and warming spices like ginger and turmeric. Try our delicious beetroot recipe! Follow the link below for recipe.

Celebrate the longest hours of darkness and the rebirth of the sun. This auspicious day is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. What can YOU gain from this period of darkness?

“You are what your deepest desire is.
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

~ The Upanishads

To support your new year’s intentions:

Wolfs Yoga – Online Yoga Classes
Recipe – Lots (of) Beets Soup