summer yoga class
This week temperatures in The Netherlands will rise to an unusually high 37 degrees Celsius, an extreme version of Dutch summer. These extremes are great teachers as they show us what is needed in situations like these, or those perhaps a little less hefty. During summer, the weather is warm, the Sun is out, the focus is outward. We enjoy social gatherings and enthusiastic, yet sometimes heated, conversations. When the Sun and its heat are this prominent it is smart to create a healthy balance by adding oppositional elements such as cool and Moon. This is why moon salutations are particularly suitable for summer seasons and flustered, angry and frustrated phases of life*. Moon salutations move in a rounder, gentler and more fluid way than its brother Surya Namaskar, or salutation of the Sun. They invite you to not forget to look inward during these extraverted and socially engaging times. And the slower you move the more cooling the practice of Moon saluting becomes. I have taped a yoga class to show you how to practice these Moon salutations yourself over the next couple of months and beyond. In fact, feel free to practice them any time you feel your life is getting ‘too hot to handle’. You will find my summer yoga class here. Watch it, practice right along with me and feel free to personalize according to your pace, boundaries, possibilities and needs. You may choose to end the class with my 3 poses for summer and conclude it with a nice long shady Savasana.
Have a lovely cooling practice dear all,
*Practicing Moon salutations is also greatly beneficial during: menstruation and inflammation and for those who practice competitive sports.
'Moon salutations move in a rounder, gentler and more fluid way than brother Surya Namaskar, or salutation of the Sun. They invite you to not forget to look inward during these extraverted and socially engaging times.'