Since ancient times when we were more in tune with nature the Winter Solstice, the shortest day, longest night of the year, has always been a time of celebration. In our modern, fast-paced society, we are often too focused on shopping and preparing for the upcoming holiday festivities to slow down and take notice of the natural rhythms of the earth. Make this year different though by taking time out for yourself at one of the many Winter Solstice events in our local fitness community.

Release And Renew: A Solstice Experiment for the Senses

On Sunday, December 21st at 6 p.m. Yoga Garden Narberth on Narberth Ave. will be hosting a night of live music by Orion Freeman and yoga and guided relaxation by Mark Nelson. Release all your stresses and worries during this special candle light event which will include ambient sound, essential oils, touch, movement, chanting, and setting of intentions. It costs $35 to attend and unlimited members receive 10% off.

Moon Glow Flow & Moon Salutations and Yin Yoga

Wakeup Yoga South on E. Passyunk Avenue is offering a special winter solstice workshop with Laura Edoff on Saturday, December 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Inspired by Shiva Rae's Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskara), which are designed to reconnect you with your cooler side through the fluid, lunar energy, Edoff will lead you through slow flowing cycles of movement before settling into the quiet, yet powerful, opening postures of yin yoga. This combination of gentle movement and deep release will reawaken you from any darkness and bring you back to balance. Tuition is $45.

Raghunath Winter Solstice 6 Hour Immersion

Raghunath, ex-punk, ex-monk, inversion ambassador, is returning to Dhyana Yoga in Old City for a special Winter Solstice Immersion on Saturday, December 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The workshop will include Raghunath's signature floating vinyasa sequence, advanced asanas and transitions. You will hear the stories of the Vedas and understand better the sacred sound of mantra and Kirtan. Open to students of all levels. This immersion class costs $125.

Winter Solstice Donations Class

Priya Hot Yoga in Fairmount is hosting a Winter Solstice Donation Class to support Schuylkill Banks on Sunday, December 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Honor nature's changes through the experience of 108 Sun Salutations with Justine. There will also be live music. The class is free, but because 100% of the donations will support Schuylkill Banks in their efforts to restore and cleanse the river, a donation of $15 is greatly appreciated.

Wissahickon Wanderers Winter Solstice Trail 10K

For those of you who prefer to reconnect through running, the Wissahickon Wanderers are celebrating the winter solstice with a trail 10K which will feature steep climbs, miles of single-track, rolling descents, scenic trails and bridges and a fast finish along Forbidden Drive.  This free event is already closed, but consider being a cheer squad for friends and family at the start and finish line at the Valley Green Inn in the Wissahickon. Kickoff time is 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 21.

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