Summer is the most yang time of the year when we soak up the upward solar energy which is stimulating and exciting. There are many things to honour and appreciate about our Sun’s energetic boost however we must be careful not to overwork and overheat our bodies. In some places the high humidity can leave us feeling sluggish and lethargic. This can cause stagnation of energy throughout our tissues, organs and joints.
In Summer the Fire element is at its peak with longer, warmer days and increased activity. The emotions associated with the fire element are joy and love as it’s connected to the heart, and who doesn’t want more of that! Perhaps that is why so many of us crave the return of summer and it’s promise of long carefree sunny days. Of course not everyone is in agreement with the sun worshippers amongst us. Where I live in Sydney and in many parts of Australia and the world, summer spells high humidity which many people find very uncomfortable and restrictive.
There’s a lot that we can do to prepare ourselves for the upcoming summer season to cool down and to regulate the flow of chi throughout the physical, energetic and mental body. Yin yoga in particular is very effective in soothing the nervous system and cooling down the body. With its long-held poses close to the ground, gentle breathing and inward focus, there are opportunities to detach ourselves from our aversions and outward distractions, and instead to focus our awareness to our internal landscape.
I’ll be running a Yin yoga and sound workshop in November to explore poses for the hotter months which you’ll be able to practice yourself at home whenever you are feeling overheated, overwhelmed or exhausted throughout summer.
This workshop is designed for small groups (max 12) so please book early to secure your spot. I would love to see you there!
*** Saturday 9th November, 3-5pm at Dancing Warrior Yoga **