Concepts and practices like yoga, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese medicine and Yin/Yang all have a strong focus on maintaining homeostasis within the body. The summer months often bring with them warmer temperatures, which can lead to greater activity, increased Vitamin D levels, higher body temperature as well as other physical symptoms such as indigestion and burning eyes.
By learning to adjust to the different seasons, we are able to continue to bring our body back to a state of balance. Here are a few things to try incorporating this summer:
Focus on calming, cooling postures.
Supported inversions, such as Legs Up the Wall and Supported Shoulderstand
Backbends, such as Cobra, Fish and Supported Bridge
Single-nostril breathing, focusing on the left nostril for summer
Eating seasonally is another great way to help support our bodies. One great way to do this is by shopping at your local farmer’s market! In the summer, try incorporating:
Cooling foods, such as melons and cucumbers
Lighter meals that require minimal cooking
Fresh herbs and spices, such as mint, fennel, cilantro, cumin and coriander
Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water! Coconut water is a good alternative and contains electrolytes. Or try infusing your water with things such as citrus, berries, mint or food-grade essential oils.
If you’re interested in learning more about concepts such as Ayurveda and Yin, check out these trainings!
Skylar grew up as an Arizona resident, and graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Global Health, minoring in Biology, Communications, and Religious Studies. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector; she co-founded a non-profit while in college and has nearly ten years of ministry experience working for local churches. Skylar is currently on staff at Holy Yoga as the Creative Content Provider, in addition to working for her own creative studio, Magnolia Creative Co. In her free time, she enjoys gardening; testing new recipes in the kitchen; using her brain – being creative, learning a new hobby, or reading; and spending time with her family and rescue dog. You can find out more about her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hey.skylarrenee or on her website www.magnoliacreative.com
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