By Ashley McGuirk
Ah, summer. We’ve made it to the brightest and hottest time of year. No longer do we dread the dark early evenings. The sun has begun to set around the 8 o’clock hour providing over 15 hours of sunlight. The extended amount of daylight the summer months provide give us the opportunity to spend more time outside and embrace mother nature with open arms. There is no better time to connect with nature than the summer. Take the time to celebrate this seasonal change with a refreshing new activity. Below I have suggested three ways to honor the summer solstice making you feel refreshed and energized for hottest season!
- Summer Solstice Yoga Practice
What was that? Yes, that’s your yoga mat calling. It wants you to show up and mark your calendar because June 21st is not only the first day of summer, but it’s also International Yoga Day! Summer is also an important season for the yoga practice because it’s a season of connection with the environment. The summer solstice is the perfect time to honor the sun through the practice of yoga. It’s like they wanted to give us as much time in one day as possible to fit in a yoga practice. The summer solstice contains more hours between the sunrise & sunset than any other day of the year. So, take the time to channel your inner yogi and commit to some sort of practice on June 21st. You can perform 108 repetitions of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), practice with a friend or take a class with one of our remarkable instructors here at Razz! This year, we are celebrating International Day of Yoga 2019: with a special class on Friday, June 21 at 4:00 pm led by Beth MacMullan…Practice With Purpose which supports the Give Back Yoga Foundation and helps bring yoga to those who might not otherwise have access to the therapeutic effects of the practice. Just download our app or check our online schedule.
2. Add something new to your morning routine!
With the sun rising earlier we are more accustomed to waking earlier (whether we want to or not). So, why not take advantage of this sacred time and space? Do yourself a favor and add a self-care activity to your summer morning routine. It could be as simple as taking 5 minutes to meditate, taking 5-10 minutes to write in a gratitude journal, or making a refreshing smoothie like the three recipes below created by Dharma Mittra himself. All of these self-care practices are not only nourishing for the body, but also the mind.
You can find these recipes and more in Dharma Mittras “Life of a Yogi” Teachers’ manual.
*For best results add all ingredients from one of the below recipes to a blender and blend for 1 minute.
- Free-Me Smoothie
- ¼- ½ of a whole watermelon
- (may add 3 sprigs of cilantro or mint)
- Melon- Honey
- ½ cantaloupe or honeydew
- 1 orange
- 2 tsp. honey (optional)
- ¼ or ½ cup water
- Green Pineapple Cloud
- 1/2 ripe pineapple cubed
- ½ ripe avocado cubed
*blend on high speed until light green and cloud-like.
- GET OUTSIDE!!
Number three is a no brainer when it comes to honoring the summer season. There are limitless possibilities when the sun is shining and you can leave the house without a jacket. Make it a priority to try a new outdoor activity this summer. Below are some fun suggestions to consider.
- Stand up paddle board Yoga (SUP Yoga)
- Yoga in your backyard
- Yoga on your porch
- Outdoor boot camp
- Go to an outdoor concert
I hope you take the time to honor the summer season these next few months. If you have any questions about the yoga classes offered feel free to contact our lead instructor, Beth MacMullan at firstname.lastname@example.org Until next time, Namaste.