Unless you are in the southern hemisphere, July leads us into the peak of summer. Here in the United Kingdom, it has been rather hot. Temperature records are being broken throughout Europe, and I am surprised that the road tarmac in the UK has not melted yet?!
So what of our yoga practice? When life heats up around us, what we should look to do is cool things down, rather than provoke the heat. Too often I see people ploughing through their fitness workouts, driving forcefully ahead with their work, keep moving through a demanding yoga practice.
There is a time and season for everything. There was a time when we used to respect the change in the seasons, and life, and danced with those changes. We woke up when at sunrise and went to bed when the sun went down.
With technological changes, we seem to have lost touch with our deep rooted connection with nature. Ultimately, we are still part of the animal kingdom and we do have the animal part of our brain. Yet, we just ignore it.
What is the use of plundering through life?
What are you chasing?
Why are you pounding your body?
Yes, I am a driven individual, and there I have goals that I wish to attain; and that requires work. I have also always realised that there is a time to move and a time to rest. In my twenties, I refused to listen to my body and chose to listen to my ego; and I paid dearly for it. Since then, I keep in flow with the life and my energy levels. That does not mean that I completely back off from what I am doing. I still keep “touching” the different aspects of our businesses, but I also rest.
So this month, I invite you to melt forwards. On the yoga mat this month, we are focusing on gentle forward bends, with the use of the cooling breath, mindful salutation and cooling meditation. Off the mat, we are still moving forwards in life, …. gently. Live compassionately and in tune with Mother Nature, and notice how she will still guide you to where you are suppose to go.
Have a lovely month x