Summer Yoga

Summer: Time of heart, red color, and yoga in nature

Summer is when nature gives us the longest days, warm nights, and an abundance of vital energy. It is a season of joy, relaxation, and inner rebirth. In traditional Chinese medicine, summer is closely associated with the heart, the element of fire, and the color red. Add the practice of yoga in nature, and we get the perfect recipe for a healthy and happy summer time.



Heart: center of Summer

The heart is the central organ of summer in traditional Chinese medicine. It represents not only the physical pump of our body but also the seat of our emotions, consciousness, and spirit. In summer, when yang energy is at its peak, taking care of the heart is especially important. A balanced heart allows us to feel happy, peaceful, and full of life.



Red Color: symbol of passion and energy

Red is the color of summer. It is associated with fire, warmth, and passion. Red promotes vitality, energy, and joy. Including red foods in our diet is one way we can support the heart and take advantage of the summer energy. Tomatoes, red peppers, strawberries, and watermelon are great choices that not only refresh but also nourish our bodies. Avoid wheat as it makes your blood thicker, which in turn makes your blood flow slower and makes your body tired. Replace it with more whole grains, such as millet, buckwheat, and quinoa.



Yoga in nature: connecting with inner self and environment

Yoga is the perfect practice for summertime. Exercising outdoors, under the open sky, allows us to connect with nature and its energy. Yoga in nature helps us calm the mind, strengthen the body, and balance the spirit. Here are some tips for practicing summer yoga outdoors:

  1. Choose the right location: find a quiet corner in nature - a park, a lake shore, or a hillside. Natural sounds and fresh air will further help you relax.
  2. Stay hydrated: in the summer, it's important to drink enough water during exercise to prevent dehydration.
  3. Protect yourself from the sun: use sunscreen, wear a hat and light clothing to avoid burns and overheating.
  4. Practice Cooling Poses: focus on asanas that cool the body, such as forward bends, twists, and relaxing poses. These poses help balance energy and reduce internal heat.



Summer routine for heart, red color, and yoga

  • Start the day with red: prepare a breakfast that includes red foods such as strawberries, raspberries, or watermelon. These foods are full of antioxidants and support heart health.
  • Morning yoga in nature: practicing yoga in the early morning hours, when the air is still fresh, is great for calming the mind and preparing for the day. Focus on breathing and gentle stretching exercises.
  • Heart care: during the day, focus on a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. Avoid heavy and fatty foods that strain the heart.
  • Evening ritual: end the day with a relaxing yoga practice or meditation. This will help calm your mind and prepare you for a restful sleep.

I wish you a great start to summer and don't forget tomorrow's full moon (22.6.2024).


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