It’s hot, don’t be bothered.

It’s hereeeee….SUMMERTIME! As we moved through the solstice earlier in the week, the shift in seasons could be felt immediately around these parts. The temperatures have been high and days long, lots of exciting opportunity to be out and about-generally on the go.

As much as I do appreciate the warmth, the heat can go to my head-literally. I notice more tension easily accumulating behind the eyes that has the potential to progress into a full blown headache. This is one of the easily identifiable imbalances that accompany the Fire phase or early summer, in the Traditional Chinese Medicine element calendar.
The Fire phase correlates in our physical body to the Heart and surrounding Pericardium (that protects the heart), Small Intestine and Triple Burner that regulates the overall temperature in the body as meridians or lines of energy. Seasonal yin practices positively address the flow of energy through the body and do wonders for staying in balance during each season. For today though, let’s talk about my restorative go-to for a quick rejuvenation in the hottest time of the day.

Whenever I lead a therapeutic yoga workshop in the warmer months, I bring chilled washcloths infused with essential oils that support the practice or season. The student feedback from this part of the practice is always overwhelmingly positive and something I’m starting to be known for…if one can be known for “chilling washcloths”
This is super easy to do at home and as a part of our family summer “sur-thrival” (see what I did there) we have a stack of prepped washcloths in our fridge. It’s so easy and a fast way to cool down the hottest of heads.

1. Dampen washcloth 2. Drop 3-5 drops of each oil and 3. Chill them (don’t freeze as this is too intense for forehead placement)

A calming and rejuvenating choice of oils are the combination of Wild Orange and Peppermint for cooling and grounding. Or a more relaxing option would be Lavender.
Break them out as needed to relieve build up of heat in the body and head.

Take a restorative break in the afternoon and put your legs up a wall also known as, Viparita Karani pose.
This position is good for just about anything the ails you including:

  • Anxious feelings 
  • Arthritis 
  • Digestive problems 
  • Headache 
  • High and low blood pressure 
  • Insomnia 
  • Migraine 
  • Mild depression 
  • Respiratory ailments 
  • Urinary disorders 
  • Varicose veins 
  • Menstrual cramps 
  • Premenstrual syndrome 
  • Menopause 
To get into position, sit on floor with side of your hip close to the wall and recline back while moving your bottom closer to the wall as your legs extend above you. The distance from the wall will be determined by your level of comfort and stretch sensation in the hamstrings. Another option is to keep the hips elevated on a bolster as seen here.

 I’m all about simple ways to release tension and heat in the body, and taking a much needed break. This will do wonders for your attitude and you’ll be ready to get back to enjoying the excitement of these joyful summer days.

Enjoy my loves.

With heart,