“Summertime and the living is easy.” It would be nice if that were true this summer. It's been strangely hot and very confusing. We're still struggling with Covid, war, gas prices, and politics. Yoga and meditation are such nice refuges from all of this. Taking a slow deep breath helps with calming and thinking when things get tough. Classes continue at my studio, on Zoom, and at the My People Senior Center. In my opinion live is the best way to take a yoga class, and there are plenty of opportunities all over Sevier County. As a matter of fact we could use a few more teachers to help with the load. I've added a chair class at the Senior Center. It's a lot of fun.
I've included a few cooling things in this news letter. A friend turned me onto mint tea. It's truly refreshing. The sistali breath is a cooling type of pranayama.
My family is visiting this summer, so I will not have class anywhere July 11 – July 15th. We will be enjoying some mint tea, Japanese dim sum, and Korean kimchi. I truly hope that you have a nice summer.
Use 4 or 5 stalks of fresh mint to 2 cups of water.* Crush the mint by rolling between your palms or tearing the leaves. Put these in a teapot or a mason jar. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. Let steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Serve hot or iced. Both ways are very refreshing. Can be both energizing and relaxing.
* You can make a larger amount, just adjust.
Also know as “the cooling breath”. It's helpful on a hot, summer day, during a hot flash or anytime you need to cool off (both physicall and emotionally). It's both cooling and soothing. It also reduces stress, calms anxiety and may even lower blood pressure. Curl your tongue or purse your lips, inhale through your mouth, close your mouth and exhale through your nose. Go slowly. Continue for a few minutes or up to 15 rounds. To learn more click here.
Also known as Reverse Warrior. We've been working on this in our classes. It's a good stretch for the intercostal muscles. This enhances respiration and feels good.
- Move into Warrior 2
- Ground down through the bottoms of your feet. Feel all four corners of each foot, lift the arches
- Imagine that you are pushing the mat away with your front foot. It's not really moving
- Make sure that your front knee is aligned with your ankle and that it's aimed toward the mid line of your foot. This takes thigh work
- Point your tail bone down
- Lift up through your lower back and your heart area
- Reach the crown of your head toward the ceiling. Chin is parallel to the floor
- Retain this alignment as you drop your back arm down your side
- Reach and look up. I call this reaching for your hopes and dreams