Like many of us, I was instilled with a deep love of summer from a young age.
I remember my two older sisters faithfully sitting out by the pool, baby-oiled up, reflectors in hand, baking in the sun for literally hours on end. I think this was their “self-care” before that had a name. Linda Ronstadt’s version of “Stoney End” will forever bring me back to those days (still a great song IMO.)
Sunbathing by the pool, riding on the back of Harleys, hanging out at the beach. This was what living in the moment looked like on a summer day in suburban Long Island in the1970s. For my sisters, summer was dedicated to enjoying every precious moment of summer to the fullest.
This was their yoga, so to speak.
Of course, these things have little or nothing to do with ACTUAL yoga practice. But for them, summer was about ultimate freedom, celebrating life, savoring the moment. All very yogic pursuits, no?
And it rubbed off on me. I love the rhythm of summer. And now that I live where we have 6-months of winter, summer is even more precious. Each blossom I smell, every cricket I hear, every freshly-picked berry I taste is something I intend to enjoy fully.
Perhaps this is why I’ve always approached my yoga practice a bit differently in the summer months. Occasional outdoor meditation and asana practice OF COURSE, but so much more than that. Yoga helps me enjoy everything I love about summer MORE FULLY. Practice allows me to be MORE AVAILABLE to make the absolute most of more family time, more PLAY, more LIGHT, more BEAUTY, more LIFE.
The light and breezy rhythm of summer is exactly what’s inspiring my upcoming 21-day Love Your Yoga Summer edition.
Because your yoga should help you play more, and enjoy everything you love about summer EVEN MORE. And that becomes easier, even natural and effortless, when you feel good in your body, clear in your mind, nourished in your being.
Our Love Your Yoga! Summer Edition is 21 days of practices to fully savor the summer begins July 1. It’s free with your $30 monthly membership to The Skillful Yogi (no obligation whatsoever, you can cancel at any time.)
Join us for a 3-week dive into the yoga of summer to celebrate the season, to be filled up with the best of life.