With summer in full swing, picnics, parties, family/friend gatherings, and vacation may tempt us to take a break from the yoga mat as well. During this time creativity in practice is key and can offer a fun perspective to practice. Here are a few tips to keep your yoga practice alive and well over the summer:
Begin or end your day with a few minutes of silent meditation or breathing.
Make the most of those photo opportunities: rather than stand and smile, strike a pose and smile.
Take a class at a nearby studio when you are traveling. This is a great way to explore new teachers and new teachings.
Teach your family and friends what you've learned in yoga. The kids in my family seem to be most receptive to this. Make a game of it.
Leave your yoga mat rolled out at home or where you are traveling. It ends up being like a magnet and pulls me in even if for a short time.
Try your poses in the pool or ocean. And you thought balance was hard on land?!
And of course when you have family and friends in town, bring them with you to the studio for practice. We'd love to meet them and share the practice of yoga with them.
Challenge yourself to 7 classes within 7 consecutive days at Capitol Hill Yoga and receive a $25 CHY credit. Start anytime and use #chychallenge to tell your friends about your adventure.
Yoga Kitchen - Butter Lettuce + Radish Salad
This salad is so very summery and refreshing and includes a very easy to make yogurt dressing. This has the flavor of a healthier, homemade ranch dressing and it's also great as a veggie dip. Perhaps for a 4th of July party?
This month try Warrior 3 to target greater strength and stability in your hips. I have students request hip openers all the time, and I'm with you, but don't forget to throw in a few good stabilizing poses first so that you are always working from a place of strength and not moving towards hyper mobility.