Letting go of the summer season can be difficult for some people. There can be feelings of grief over what appears to be a loss during this transition time as we move more inward both physically and mentally. I encourage you to embrace whatever feelings the season brings and be open to exploring what this time means to you. It's important to acknowledge and process our emotions as they arise so we can let go of them and continue to move forward. A meditation practice that incorporates a time of checking in with your emotional self can be useful. It can also be helpful to set an intention for the season that you remind yourself of each day. Perhaps acceptance of things as they are or compassion for yourself in a particular area of life or maybe practicing compassion with others.
A Yin routine that incorporates some back-bending poses such as Sphinx/Seal, Swan, Saddle, or Cat Tilt (pictured above) is a good way to stimulate your lung chi which will help you move through any feelings of loss you may be experiencing at this time. Below is a suggested routine for this time of year.
- Easy sit - check-in with your emotional self and set an intention for your practice
- Child's pose with knees wide and arms extended
- Dragon (low lunge) on each side with a twist
- Sphnix/seal with child's pose after
- Cat Tail either staying with the head in the hand or reclining back into a twisting backbend - take a few moments flat on your back between sides