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June 21, The Summer Solstice, is the longest day of the year. The sun has reached his zenith and blazes, down on Earth. Although it occurs (June 21-24) in the month of Cancer (the Crab), it is symbolized by Leo the Lion.

We look forward to this seasonal change to be able to relax, recharge and release our bodies. As we continue to make peace with our adult bodies, Summer gives us the extra boost, to keep moving forward. The heat and the time we get to spend outside with nature allow us to ground ourselves and to extend our hearts to the Sun Goddess.

The first Circle Gathering was a success because I prepared for it with an internal message of, success is not only measured by the numbers but the energy in which we enter the space.

We shared; how we enter the Healthworks space, what motives us and what we need to keep moving ahead. We are still at the beginning of the Circle and the participants will continue to define it, keeping the original message of, cultivating your power, honoring your body and sharing your stories and hope that each cultural group will bring its own flavor. The ingredients from each will then blend and give birth to something new at Healthworks.

We have had a long winter and our bodies are tight. We also live in an age of technology where many of us spend long hours sitting in front of the computer. For the upcoming group on June 23, at 6pm, we will celebrate the Summer Solstice and Renee will join us to share neck relaxation techniques. Renee states that “ the neck likes to do a lot of work to make up for weaknesses in other areas. Giving 5 to 10 minutes to relax the neck will bring awareness to how tight the area is.”

We hope to see you at The Circle, if not, we will be back in September. Until then, Salute the Sun, embrace the Heat and allow yourself to let go and be free during this season.

Namaste, Alaafia


Yvette Modestin