In celebration of the summer solstice the Rothko Chapel will be open from sunrise to sunset (approximately 6:20 a.m.-10:25 p.m.), and hosts a series of programs. The schedule appears below.
108 Sun Salutations, 6:21 a.m.
Sun salutations are a series of yoga poses designed to warm up the body, and 108 is considered an auspicious number in yoga philosophy. Participants are welcome to complete as many or few of the 108 sun salutations as they feel comfortable.
Crystal Bowl Meditation, noon
Yoga instructor, breath facilitator and owner of Bayou Bliss Yoga Dana Shamas will play crystal bowls inside the chapel, offering participants a unique meditative experience.
Taiko Drumming, 8 p.m.
Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a Japanese drumming ensemble, will perform on the Rothko Chapel Plaza to mark the end of the summer solstice followed by a public reception. The art of taiko, meaning drum in Japanese, carries deep significance. Samurai warriors also used taiko on the battlefield to signal commands and frighten their enemies. Townspeople warned of danger by beating on taiko, and priests used taiko at religious ceremonies to communicate with the gods. Temples and shrines throughout Japan display taiko as a symbol of purification and to dispel evil spirits.