My First Summer Solstice

summersolstice2016-0009I first heard of 3HO’s Summer Solstice Celebration during level 1 teacher training. I was brand new to Kundalini Yoga and, like for so many of us, it swept me right off my feet. I dove in head first and signed up for teacher training after my second class. I knew without a doubt I was meant to share these teachings that had immediately transformed my entire being, and the opportunity to immerse myself in training came in perfect timing.

I soaked up every experience, story, and drop of knowledge that flowed from my veteran teachers. I quickly learned that Kundalini Yoga is so much more than what I understood to be a yoga practice at the time. It’s a science, technology, community, and guide to life. Along with many other beautiful characteristics, I fell in love with its connection to nature and elements of the world that I had never previously considered relevant.

When my teachers and friends described Summer Solstice, I realized that this time of year was far more than a simple shift from Spring to Summer. It’s a time to recognize the sun completing its cyclical journey around the earth, and to reflect on our own lives through meditation. It’s a rare opportunity to cleanse the mind and break through blocks that may have been holding us back for years, even lifetimes. To say I was intrigued is an understatement.

While I’ve heard a lot about the event, I haven’t yet experienced it for myself. I know it’s a mix of yoga meditation, music, dancing, food, chanting, and prayer. I know that Sadhana begins each morning before the sun rises. I know that on the day summer solstice starts, there are three full days of White Tantric Yoga. But I don’t know how it feels to be in the high desert mountains of New Mexico with a global community of Kundalini yogis with the common goal of uplifting the world. And I don’t know how it feels to commit to shifting consciousness in such a concentrated time and space. 

With all of this in mind, I plan to head to Espanola without expectations, only excitement and love in my heart. I’ve experienced the power of Kundalini and White Tantric Yoga. I’ve experienced the transformational energy of this community (Simply being around this tribe of people makes me a better person, before we even begin to practice). I know that I will feel a spectrum of emotions. I know that I will make more friends who instantaneously become family. I know I will change at my core. All I need to remember is to allow it to happen, to surrender to it all.

Since first learning about Summer Solstice, I quit my corporate job to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher and holistic health coach, and I now work for Spirit Voyage. I’m grateful to be able to wake up every day and support an organization that brings Kundalini Yoga music, courses, events, and resources to people around the world — a company that has been called “a child of 3HO Summer Solstice.”

I knew without question that I was meant to teach Kundalini Yoga, and I know without question that the same force within, my soul, is leading me to Summer Solstice. In my opinion, there’s no greater gift than that feeling, in our current world of uncertainties. I look forward to meeting you in New Mexico. My hope is that we all allow ourselves to receive the blissful experience that is our birthright.

Sat Nam.

3HO’s Summer Solstice Celebration (June 15-24, 2017) is a 9-day spiritual gathering in the high desert mountains of New Mexico. Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, the Summer Solstice experience includes Kundalini Yoga workshops, White Tantric Yoga®, Morning Sadhana, Live Kirtan, Community Connection, and the all-pervasive bright, uplifting energy generated by 2000 souls living in their highest consciousness. We hope to see you there!Summer-Solstice



  1. Great write up, Ashlee. I have been wanting to go to this event but unfortunately I cannot make the trip to New Mexico this year. Sounds like it is going to be an amazing experience for those who make it.

    Last year, I brought in the solstice with the awesome people at Golden Bridge Yoga. Santa Monica is a lot closer to me than New Mexico. It was a cool experience bringing in the summer with like minded people.


    • Thanks, Harry! Yes, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience, and I hope you can make it in the future! You’re right, though, California has a beautiful Kundalini Yoga community! Happy Solstice!

  2. Hi Ashlee, thank you for sharing!
    It will be my first experience also, and although I heard tons about Kundalini yoga, I have decided not to try it before Solstice. I want to get there, like you said, with no expectations, and open up to the surprise, the experience, the discoveries, the love, the peaceful desert, everything… I want to live my first solstice like a totally new life starting inside me.
    Looking forward to share the vibe with you out there!

    • Hi Magalie! I’m so excited for you to have your first Kundalini Yoga experience, and at Summer Solstice no less! Look forward to sharing the vibration with you too. :)


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