Honor the power of the Sun and harness the transformative magic of the Summer solstice with these 5 yogic practices.
Summer Intention Setting
The intentional and movement of yoga is a grounding way to revere , celebrate and connect with the energy of the summer solstice. Intention setting at the begging of your practice can aid you in connecting more deeply with the energy of what you would like to cultivate more of in your life.
Today on the Summer Solstice and for the rest of Summer, challenge yourself to setting an intention for each yoga session.
The summer solstice is the day when the sun travels its longest path through the sky and reaches its highest point. So, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that many yogis around the world choose to focus on the many variations of Sun Salutations. Here is a simple + beginner friendly Kemetic Sun Salutation to try.
Channel the Element of Fire
Ancient yoga philosophy honors the idea that the universe is made up of 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The element of fire is associated with the Solar Plexus chakra and has the power to transform, bring light + fuel our life force energy or chi. Yoga for Solar Plexus Chakra.
The Breath of Fire
Breathing/Pranayama is a key focus in many yoga discipline, but in Kemetic yoga She (breath) is one of our main 2 guiding principles. The Breath of Fire will aid you in tapping into the solar plexus chakra, as well as get oxygen circulating throughout your blood + heating up your cardiovascular and nervous system.
Heat up your diaphragm with breath of fire. Start by sitting in an upright cross legged position, breathing into the nostrils take a deep inhalation into your belly/abdomen. After your belly is full rapidly pulse the breath out of your stomach, and inhale in the same rapid-fire manner. Each inhale and exhale after the first deep belly inhale will be around 1 to .5 seconds each.
COVID Relief for India
The roots of modern day yoga as we know it were in the Indus - Sarasvati civilization, in present day Northern India. Honoring the nation of brown individuals who birthed the Veda 's (holy texts of Yoga) and the practice many of us have come to know and love by lending a helping hand as they face one of the worst COVID hits on the Globe. Here is a few Covid Relief aid resources: One, Two and Three.
I hope you have wonderful Summer Solstice and a joyous season of Summer!