This article will show you how you can harness the fiery, yang energy of the fertile growing season to make changes and to create the life you have always dreamed of. Now is the perfect time for your yoga practice and your life to blossom, and for you to fulfil your full potential. Here are seven seasonal yoga tips to help you to fall in love with your life this summer!
TAKE ACTION AND REALISE YOUR DREAMS!
The exuberant, expansive, yang energy of the growing season makes it the perfect time to take action and to get your ideas, schemes, plans, and projects out there in to the world. Between now and the summer, in June, the light is expanding and whatever is planted at this time will grow and blossom. So, if you have a new project you want to launch, now is the time to do so. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and see them grown and blossom!
During this season although the focus is on outer activity, at the same time remember to balance action with quiet reflection. Your yoga and mindfulness practice will help you to stay connected to that quiet, wise, and knowing place within. If you listen, your inner wisdom will always guide you and steer you in the right direction.
FALL IN LOVE WITH LIFE!
During the growing season, get sensual and use all of your five senses to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of life. Get out and enjoy your neighbourhood. When out walking be aware of the contact your feet make with the earth, and, remember to breath. As you walk feast your eyes on the riot of colour as flowers open and blossom appears on the trees; smell the flowers; hear the bird song; taste the fruits of nature; touch and be touched by the world around you. This is the art of everyday ecstasy!
DANCE YOURSELF HAPPY!
Traditionally May is the month for dancing around the maypole. Yoga and dance combined make great partners. Try using dance as a warm-up for your yoga practice. Put on your favourite dance music and just allow yourself to be danced. Make this into a dancing meditation by focussing your awareness on the sound of the music, the sensations of your body moving, and the dance of your own breath. Feel those happy hormones soar!
Flowing yoga sequences (vinyasas) also have a very dance-like quality. Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation is a fiery dance to the sun, combining wave-like movements with breath awareness. Natarajasana, the Dancer's pose, is of course the perfect asana to include in your dance inspired vinyasa.
LET YOUR YOGA BLOSSOM!
Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and picture a beautiful tree in blossom. Hold this image in your mind as you do Vrkasana (Tree Pose). Imagine that you have roots from the soles of your feet going way down into the soil and that your raised arms are the branches of the blossom-laden tree. Stay in the pose for a few breaths and allow yourself to sway gently in a summer breeze.