Happy Winter Solstice!
I like to think of this day as the end of Earth's very long (6 months!) exhale. You know that point where there's a brief pause before the inhale begins? That's what today is. The longest night of the year. The least amount of sun, or the least amount of breath in the lungs.
It's a beautiful time to get quiet and be present with what is. It's a beautiful time to experience rest and get in the groove of what Mother Nature is doing in winter.
Try this pranayama involving khumbaka, or breath retention:
Here's the thing: the inhale will always return. So does the sun. So will the light. This too...