June 2011: Pranams to Surya, the Sun God! | iHanuman


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June 2011: Pranams to Surya, the Sun God!

Jennifer Elliott in Pascimottanasana

Summer is the Pitta or Fire Season of the Year. The time to fully blossom and express ourselves. The time when everything seems to be happening at once! Those of us who tend to run hot need to slow down and cool off. Others may use this time of year to purify by heating the body up to perspire and cool down.  Luckily the practice of Yoga Asana (poses) and Pranayama (breath awareness) offer us ample practices to chill. 

This month uber-cool Yogi, Father and Teacher, Tim Miller, shares with us some of the physical manifestations of the toxins that pollute our practice. Toxins can cause inflammation and heat the body. The toxins or obstacles that Tim shares are from Sutra I.30 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga indicates a vigorous heating practice to burn the toxins clear from the body.

Later this summer, we will offer more recordings from Tim's annual workshop in Ivy, Virginia in our NEW download store. For now, just chill and watch the video!

New Featured Recording with Tim Miller: Thanks to Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville and the Southern Yogis who traveled from afar to attend this annual workshop with Tim Miller! iHanuman was honored to record several sessions from the weekend. This month, we share with you a selection from Tim's yoga sutra discussion. Tim keeps the discussion cool and light, so we think you will enjoy it as a way to chill out this Summer Solstice. More videos from the weekend will be released later this summer in our NEW download store, so STAY TUNED! Watch the Video Selection Now!

Cool Down with Yoga! What are some of the ways to practice yoga to cool down? Forward Bends like Pascimottanasana demonstrated by the Director of Ashtanga Yoga Charlottesville, Jennifer Elliott. Rest your forehead on a blanket, a pillow, or a block to calm the mind which can be rajasic or irritating. Other cooling poses include Prasarita Padattonasana (Wide-Legged Forward Fold), Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) or Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand). Let us know what helps you cool down in the heat of summer. Contact Us!

Thanks for helping to build the bridge with iHanuman!
Sara Agelasto, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, iHanuman.com


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