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Summer Harmony : Part IV

Lunar Meditation

  • Lie comfortably on your back, placing a pillow under your head or a bolster under your knees.

  • Place one hand over your heart and one hand over your solar plexus.

  • Begin taking long, slow, deep breaths.

  • Imagine you are floating in calm waters. The water's surface is glistening in the moonlight. The buoyancy of your body in the water gently rocks you. You hear the soft movement of the water around you.

  • With each inhale, draw the energy of your breath into your heart center, and with each exhale send the energy from your heart center out to your body's extremities. Continue breathing like this for several rounds before returning to your natural breath.

  • Bring your awareness to how the movement of the water has changed. You are now at the center of a ripple, radiating energy from your heart center. The moon's rays are shining down upon you.

  • Feelings of gratitude and love for yourself are flowing from within you, spreading to the outermost waves of the ripple and beyond. The love within you is infinite.

Yin yoga poses Anahatasana  Melting heart/ puppy pose From your hands and knees, walk your hands forward and allow your chest to drop towards the floor. Keep your hips above your knees, and a neutral position for your arms

Salamba Setu Bandhasana Supported bridge pose Start lying on your back with your knees bent. Lift your hips high enough to place the widest edge of a yoga block under your sacrum (not your low back). Keep your arms and legs in a neutral position. Give yourself permission to absorb the love and light radiating from the sun this season. May you smile, laugh, enjoy time with loved ones, go on adventures, and fully embrace the divine love within you. Bring your awareness to the effects that the qualities of the seasons have on the larger environment around you as well as the environment within you. Each of us is unique. Balancing yin and yang is an individual experience. May you find a harmonious connection to nature in your journey to the center.   Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments: la.schmidt23@gmail.com

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I'd like to acknowledge my resources who have helped me to understand the concepts behind the information I've shared:

  • Cassandra Justine, her guidance and expansive knowledge of yoga and holistic arts and philosphy has inspired me beyond measure. cassandrajustine.com

  • Carly Feldmeier, her expertise and passion for healing through nutrition allowed me to write confidently about topics involving seasonal foods and herbs. nurturingthroughnature.org

  • Monica Casanova, an Ayurvedic practitioner and resource for all things Ayurveda, has introduced me to ideas that I tirelessly explore through reading and practice. Cocoshaktiayurveda.org

I also found the following books, articles, and websites helpful in my research:

  • The Chopra Center

  • Yoga International

  • Ritucharya: Answer to the lifestyle disorders, an article by Jayesh Thakkar, S. Chaudhari, and Prasanta K. Sarkar

  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: Philosophy and Practice, by Bernie Clark

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About Leah:

Leah infuses the values of self-discovery, reflection, and individualism in her yoga practice and teachings. She believes yoga is a healing force for every body, and encourages self-exploration so that students can find what works best for their unique body, mind and spirit. As an experienced yoga student who has gained a plethora of physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits from her practice, Leah decided to further her education with Choose Joy's Yoga and Wholistic Arts 200-hour Teacher Training Program at Heat Yoga to become a yoga teacher with the intention of supporting others on their individual journeys. Through the completion of her certification, she became a certified yoga teacher (CYT), received a Yin Yoga certification, and became a Level 1 Reiki practitioner. An avid reader and a passionate student, she loves to express her ideas and knowledge as a writer and an artist. Connect with Leah via email at la.schmidt23@gmail.com and friend her on Instagram at @leahakolar11.


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