Calm, Cooling Poses for Nurturing Your “Inner” Garden
While tending our gardens we take heed of the cycles of the seasons that are best for our plants to flourish. Observing the rhythms of the seasons in a yoga practice can also be beneficial to our minds and bodies. Our bodies will begin to naturally shift and adapt to the changes of the seasons to produce the balance of wellness. Adding a calm and cooling practice that would help sustain us from the heat of the day is one such adaptation.
Our Spring Retreat practice introduced us to an invigorating, warming meditation to promote circulation and stir up the metabolic fire. As we enter the warmer months, practice should be relaxed and soothing to balance the energy of summer. One way to do that is to practice Moon Salutations in place of Sun Salutations which cause the body to heat up. Moon Salutations are a particular series of poses that produce a cooling flow and calm the mind. This sequence is favorable when energy and/or temperature are soaring. Another great pose cooling pose would be legs up the wall, which helps calm the mind and relieves lower back pain.
I invite you to come discover more ways to enrich your summer practice at our Seasonal Wellness Retreat on the 18th of July.