Summer is the time of fiery energy, excitement, and heartfelt passion and love. Summertime is also said to awaken our inner magician / shaman. This archetype heals our body-mind-spirit, connects us to the otherworld, and cultivates awareness of higher states of consciousness. The magician / shaman also embodies the energy of transformation and change: creating magic and miracles out of the ordinary life stuff around us. In Traditional Chinese Medicine summer is the time when the fire element is dominant and the energy in the heart and small intestine channels becomes the strongest. During warm summer days it is easy for the fire element to move into disharmony creating anxiety, nervousness, heartburn and insomnia. Excess fire energy can be balanced through calming and soothing forward bends, heart opening back bends, and cooling pranayma. Heart opening back bends will also strengthen the heart’s ability to create and express joy, love and compassion. Use this 39-step yoga sequence to awaken and balance the energies of summer and to reach to your highest potential in the warmth of the summer sun.
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