Tips to Keep You Cool this Summer
Many people in our Western culture equate yoga with exercise, and it can be a very effective way to stretch and strengthen or even help heal your physical body. The word “yoga” can be defined as “union” of the body, breath, mind and spirit. A Yoga Therapist will use different techniques to bring balance throughout your entire body – not just your muscles and bones.
All winter we look forward to the lazy, hazy days of summer and spending time with family and friends on vacation or enjoying the outdoor events and festivals. We often use this sunny outlook to help get us through a long difficult winter and past the Winter Blues. But what if this much anticipated season does not meet your expectations? The weather might not cooperate with your big event, your friends might cancel plans or you are just so busy that the summer seems to fly past without you having time to enjoy it at all!
Set aside some time for yourself each day.
Even if it is only 5 minutes and notice your breath.
Breath awareness is the beginning of Pranayama techniques that we can use to help restore balance to your energetic body (level out and slow down those moods and emotions!). Pranayama also helps give us access to our conscious and subconscious patterns which can be used to even out fluctuations in our mental and emotional states. There are many different techniques that can be used to get different results depending on your needs. Do you need to calm down or amp up your energy?
Try singing or chanting.
Music and repetition of phrases can help you find some control over your conscious thoughts. Rather than letting the stories in our mind get out of control, we can stop that pattern by developing focus and concentration through chanting. You might think of a phrase that works for you or has meaning for you. Yogi’s often chant “Om” or “Shanti” or something else in the Sanskrit language, but what really matters is finding something that works for you. Maybe try repeating these words as you breathe in “I am cool” and on your exhale “I am calm”.
Take a moment for mindfulness.
There are many types of meditation, some very simple and some more complicated. I recommend you work with someone who has some experience to help determine which style is beneficial for you. There are several good free apps or recordings online that you can explore too. Developing a regular meditation practice (even if it isn’t every day, try for 3 – 4 times per week for 10 – 15 minutes) can help you access your inner wisdom and move past or let go of the less significant stressors that are keeping you from enjoying every moment of this sunny season.
Get out and play!
Create a ritual of going for an early morning walk before it gets too hot, or a weekly ritual of visiting your local farmers market vendors. Maybe you just literally go and smell the flowers, watch the lightning bugs and bumble bees or take in some of the Summer events in your area. Remember, nothing is ever exactly what we expect, but there is joy to be found in your life if you put a little intention to finding it.
A Yoga Therapist will meet with you and do a full assessment to determine what practices are going to be most useful for you. Sometimes this process takes a bit of exploration as we test out a variety of approaches, but ultimately, the goal is to help you feel better and enjoy life more.
Let me know how these suggestions work for you or contact me to book a private appointment to get started on your healing path today. Yoga Therapy is a complementary approach to wellness, we hope to work with your medical / wellness team to give you the best and most efficient results.
And don’t forget the ice cream, watermelon, popsicles, or lemonade.