Updated: Jul 11, 2020
By Allison Ray Jeraci
Photo by Andrea Killam
Summertime is my favorite season for one simple fact—fireflies. Seeing their little flashing bottoms brings a smile to my face, and on a deeper, non-comical level, there is a sense of awakening while witnessing illumination in the midst of darkness. If you haven’t seen these critters up close and personal, that ought to be a priority for this summer.
There is a yoga pose named after these glowing insects, called tittibhasana (firefly pose). In this pose, as our legs extend forward they resemble the firefly’s antennae, and our human head and torso are similar to the insect’s head and thorax. Its abdomen looks like our hips when we send them back into space as we balance on our two hands (as opposed to actual fireflies that balance on six legs!).