Today marks the halfway point between the summer solstice and the fall equinox. It's called Lamas and it signals the beginning of the harvest season. We are about to transition into Late Summer as we move beyond the peak of summer. Before we do, take with you the lessons learned from your growth this year. Take some time to honor what you have accomplished before you begin to reap what you have sewn.
Honor the emotions associated with the the summer’s fire element - passion and compassion. In Summer, joy and passion are at their peak - not only passion in our relationships but passion for life itself. When your sense of joy is diminished or your relationships are not fulfilling, we look at possible imbalances in our fire element.
One of the ways to antidote or heal an imbalance in fire is with compassion - the ability to put yourself in another’s place and to put that person’s welfare before your own. This is also one of the remedies found in the yoga sutras for calming the disturbances of citta, or consciousness.
The practice exists in many spiritual traditions, like the Loving Kindness Meditations found in Buddhism. I have shared one of my personal favorite meditations on our website, apparently said every morning by the Physician for the Dalai Lama.
Enjoy this transition into Late Summer and the earth element, but cherish fire and the joys of summer.
With Loving Kindness,
We are pleased to Release Lois' Annual Summer Intensive Recordings! For Iyengar Yoga practitioners to deepen practice, skills, knowledge, and (optional) teacher education.This week long intensive includes four asana classes and two pranayama classes for a total of 14 hours of instruction. These classes include a wide range of inversions, backbends, core poses and standing poses. You can view the pose lists for each of these classes and all of the iHanuman Downloads in Our Store. Download the Entire Intensive or choose Individual Classes! Listen to Sample Recordings and Download Now!
James is a Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 and has been teaching for nearly 20 years. Originally from England and based in the Washington DC area, James' approach is based on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli which breaks apart the conventional way that yoga is taught by accessing playfulness, creativity and the intelligence of the living system. Learn more about James and Download his New Classes including a Free class on his Teacher Page.
Did You Know You Can Search Our Downloads Store for Classes with a focus on Forward Bends? Or, if you are looking for guidance on a particular pose, Did You Know You Can Search our Asana Index for Classes which include a particular pose? Try It Out!
Practice Yoga! It Helps!
More and more studies on yoga have been published this year. Recent studies have proven yoga as useful for patients with Parkinson's to reduce fall risk. Others show yoga as a promising way to reduce symptoms associated with eating disorders. And another, published this year, by researchers at Tulane University, says Yoga in schools can help children with anxiety. We aim to provide current information on what is happening in the world of yoga research and yoga therapy. Practice with Top Teachers on iHanuman and Follow Us on Social Media for links to recent studies.
Practice Cooling Yoga Poses like forward bends during the summer. Search for classes which include this pose, by visiting our asana Index. Thanks to Siegfried Bleher for this gorgeous example of Malasana, Garland Pose.