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Celebrating Doomsday – How About A Winter Solstice Yoga Potluck?

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Put up the mistletoe and celebrate winter solstice! On December 21st , 2012 it is said that the Mayan calendar stops its documented cycle, which has been recorded for centuries. Some say it is doomsday, some say it’s a spiritual awakening. It is left to the unknown. At least it is the holiday season and that definitely marks a time to celebrate. Why not gather your loved ones, share a yoga potluck on the winter solstice and live to see?

The winter solstice … is the time at which the Sun is appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice, the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year. (Wikipedia)

Essentials For The Perfect Doomsday Yoga Potluck

  1. You are going to need a large clean floor space, have enough nonslip floor mats or yoga mats and an instructor. If you don’t know anyone who could teach the class, you could put on a shorter beginner’s yoga DVD or audio (60 min max). Be sure to measure that if everyone you invited showed up, that there would be enough comfort for the crowd.
  2. Once you get this all arranged, decide if you want to make it a candlelight affair. You can make sure that the shavasana time is extra sweet by playing relaxing music, offering some blankets and maybe wrapping warm towels around the guests’ feet. Be sure the lights are dimmed for shavasana. If there are a lot of beginners, make shavasana time a little extra longer.
  3. Have everyone write down an intention for themselves. This could be something they want to shed in their life and burn or something they want to encourage in their life and to be read out loud as a group. This makes a great activity for a solstice party.
  4. Then it’s time to eat! You could theme your party for the potluck so guests have an idea of what to bring, or assign things to bring. Otherwise, have guests bring whatever they want and trust that it usually works out. It’s a great conversation starter asking who brought what.
  5. Don’t forget to bust out some wine or yogi tea and have a toast, “To a winter solstice to remember! “

Whether it’s the last celebration you ever have, or really a spiritual awakening, make it merry and make a point to be together this year. As our wise hearts do sometimes say, “The holidays is not about possessions but who you surround yourself with and how you spend your time together”.

If you want to know more about research pertaining to the 2012 Mayan calendar apocalypse, check out this article on

Happy holidays and happy solstice to what magic the stars above may bring.

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