UKandu healthLetter: JUNE 2023 ISSUEJun 14, 2023
These yoga postures; Standing Forward Bends, Warrior II and the Camel Pose reduce heat in the body, and increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood helping you stay energized and cool during the summer.
Yoga Cooling Breath (Sheetali Pranayama)
Sit comfortably with a straight spine. Roll the sides of your tongue toward the center to make a tube-like shape. Inhale deeply through the mouth, feeling the cool air on your tongue. Close your mouth, exhale slowly through the nose. Repeat for 5-10 rounds.
Remember to stay hydrated and listen to your body.
Many of us are experiencing the opposite of cabin fever. We are getting out of the house and participating in more social activities than we have in years due to the global Covid pandemic. We are invited to outdoor barbeques, beach picnics and social gatherings. The warm weather and long days provide opportunities for going on group hikes and engaging in outdoor fitness.
When we cultivate meaningful relationships we improve our overall well-being, and have a greater sense of belonging. The sunshine boosts our mood, reduces stress, and promotes a positive outlook on life.
The sun is a powerful symbol of light, growth, fertility and the cycle of life. The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is a time to celebrate the sun's power and energy. Consider performing a ritual or ceremony to embody the spirit of the sun. Conduct or attend a sunrise meditation on the Solstice, make a flower crown or dance around a bonfire.
Quote of the Month
"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." Albert Camus