May 21 – June 20
Early Summer is time to warm and soften the body, with special focus on the fascia and connective tissue. Yoga flows outwards and inwards between anchor points, stretching across the arms, chest and legs, then back to our centre, working the pericardium meridian. Practice is increasingly dynamic, allowing us to warm the heart and enjoy practising together as a group.
FOOD: Great detox drinks are nettle, fennel, fresh ginger, lemon and dandelion. Cut back on alcohol and coffee as they clog up the liver. Now is a good time to start fresh juicing to help detox. Plus drink plenty of water throughout the day. Do not detox if you are unwell or pregnant and check with your healthcare provider before starting a detox diet.
Eat lighter. Stir frys, spring greens, lightly cooked foods are good. Mung beans, seaweeds, sprouted foods and essential fatty acids are excellent for liver rejuvenation. Avoid late night eating. Use liver/gallbladder energy to CLEANSE not digest.
PHYSICAL: Sweat it out in a sauna or stream room. Have a mineral salt bath. Go for an aromatherapy massage to detox and cleanse the body. Start cardiovascular exercise (start off slowly and build up). Early outdoor exercise is great for rising liver energy!
MENTAL: Take a good look at your life. Are there areas that you like or dislike? Make notes on what you would like for 2016. Look at situations you cannot change and see if you can change yourself in how you approach them. Aim to make your life more enjoyable and worthwhile. Have some fun in imagining a better future,
‘Aim for the moon, if you fail you will land amongst the stars!’
Be patient, good changes do not happen overnight. Use affirmations to remind yourself daily of your intentions, or sit for 5 minutes each morning and bring ten to mind, to make sure you keep them in view to inspire and guide you. You can also use Yoga Nidra meditation to help sow the seeds for change in your life. – see YOGA NIDRA to find out more