Happy Beginning of Summer!
As we melt into June and approach Summer Solstice, we may find ourselves cocooning in air-conditioned interiors more. With kids out of school, vacations and the like, regular routines can shift. Like a calm oasis, Desert Song has great offerings that nourish our ability to ground and center as the radiance outside intensifies.
Summer’s shake-ups in routine and the overall intensity call for practices that support our staying grounded. Consider what grounds you most in the midst of change. Grounding connects us to what is steady both in our outer lives and within our internal moorings. Being curious about what anchors each of us in our inner and outer worlds is part of our thoughtful yoga work. As yogis practicing on this planet, we can remember the internal (and eternal) connection to earth’s clay within us, like Irish poet John O’Donohue taught.
“The earth is not outside us; it is within: the clay from where the tree of the body grows.” –John O’Donohue
As counter-pose to the waves of change June’s intensity can bring, I offer the invitation to remember perspective: Our great planet’s rocks and minerals are part of us. The ground (via Calcium) resides in our bones and Earth’s iron flows through our veins. Remembering this can help re-connect us with the grounding calm of earth that composes us at the molecular level. Simple actions: holding a stone in my hand, reclining on a rounded boulder to watch the sky, paying attention to how the soles of my feet roll across the ground when walking—these remind me of the wonder of being here and provide a way to reconnect to the deep resilience abiding in the bedrock of our planet. On a walk or hike, taking a moment to soak up the steadiness of earth through direct connection to it can replenish our energy.
Similarly, each time we stand in Tadasana (Mountain) in yoga, what are we receiving through our feet from the ground below the floor? What are we offering through the soles of our feet back to the ground? This is part of the potency of the special vibration at Desert Song. Shared sacred ground.
We’ve got more great and diverse offerings coming up in June to support you in staying grounded and cool:
● I’m excited to offer “Write On” on June 9, a workshop to engage creative writing practice by exploring related yoga teachings. We will discover how yogic wisdom supports and sustains a living writing practice.
● For kids (ages 4-10) there’s a fun yoga summer camp with Peri’s Amazon Rain Forest Adventure Kids’ Camp.
● Debbie Kayatt continues her series on Ayurveda Cooking & Eating for the Seasons focusing on summer eating.
● We are introducing two new offerings this month; Cailin O’Hara and Kelly Greene bring Acusound, a fusion of Reiki, Acupuncture, Sound Healing and a touch of magic, and Sarah Crawford starts a series of parenting workshops with Learning to Listen.
Remember, after the Solstice on June 21, the days will only get shorter!
May it be a delightful and rejuvenating summer for you.
Wishing you Grounding and Peace,
Michelle Pulich Stewart, MS, E-RYT 200, CYI
Yoga Instructor, Hiker, Mom & Sustainability Educator