Align Yourself With the Summer Season
With the arrival of June, we have transitioned into summer territory!
Surprisingly, Yin yoga is the perfect practice to compliment a busy summer calendar. Balancing our energy and encouraging us to turn inwards counteracts the late nights & lust for life that post-lockdown summer has brought.
In many world mythologies, Fire is the symbol of divinity, transformation and passion. It is also a potent symbol of destruction and purification. After a devastating forest fire, nutrients from dead trees return to the soil and the charred remnants of burned trees provide incredible growing habitats for insects and small wildlife to re-grow stronger than before.
In the Five Element Theory (a part of TCM), the Fire phase describes the phase of peak power, so anything at its most active point. This is the season of celebration and joy. However, what's important to recognise is that this Fire phase has a direct connection to the phases that precede it in the cycle.
Fire must burn something up, so it's only as powerful as the potential that was stored in the Water (Winter season). The Wood (Spring season) provides the fuel which Fire burns. Peak potential can only arise when stored reserves are rich and abundant. There might be a season where you feel at your optimal, your favourite season, however it is the harmonious balance of all the seasons that help you make the most of life.
What I love about TCM is that body and its parts play more than their anatomical functions and all have energetic functions!
The balanced flow of chi through the Heart and Small Intestine Meridians is associated with the feeling of joy and enthusiasm for life. Our ability to balance vulnerability and resilience results in balanced and healthy emotional state which means we can build healthy relationships.
Conversely, when the Heart and Small Intestine Meridians are unbalanced, we may feel disconnected and cold. We may experience sadness, issues with our circulation and feel turned off from life.
Fire element tends towards excess in the summer but it can also be excess at other times of year due to stress, illness and overwork. In these cases, you need to tame your fire!
So what can you do to tame the excess Fire?
- Take care of what you eat:
- Yin Yoga:
- Make time for stillness and reflection:
Summer is the time for openness, connection, laughter and fun. The longer days and warmer weather naturally awaken the divine spirit which animates us and brings qualities of laughter and joy to the way we live. Also, remember that the heart does not do well when overstimulated, which can actually result from too much joy! The heart thrives best when given time to be calm and tranquil.
Personally, my time to shine is fall, and I tend to be overstimulated in summer, but this year, for so many reasons, feels different within myself! I have the fire, but also am finding time for balance.
Balance the Fire of summer by coming to my Yin Class on Sunday's at 7pm, and experience a more balanced, more joyful summer!
The Yoke Wellness Ambassador,
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