Summer Yin Restorative Practice


In the Five Elements Chinese system, summer is a time to nourish the heart, small intestines, spleen, and pancreas. In Ayurveda, summer is devoted to Pitta, which regulates the blood. With increased outdoor activity in summer, we circulate more blood through the heart. Also, the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables of summer allows us to consume more raw foods and the warmer climate allows us to slow down and surrender to joy in the present moment. To synchronize the body and mind with these beautiful changes occurring during summer, this Yin practice is devoted to soothing poses that open the chest, lungs, and arms, which contain the meridian lines that connect to the organs.