Summer Practice

By Lynn Felder, RYT

Play, rejoice and celebrate. That's what summer is all about.

The flowers and trees (and, heaven knows, the grass) are flourishing, and so can we. In setting our intentions, and directing our thoughts and actions, there is no better teach than nature.

Ayurveda, which literally means the science of life and health, takes most of its cues from nature and the seasons. Summer is considered to occur from about May 15 to July 15, so we are already in the thick of it.

We can take advantage of the bounty of the season by visiting local farmers markets.

By preparing our own food whenever we can (We know; there's no time.) from local, seasonal, organic ingredients, we not only nourish ourselves and our loved ones but also act as good stewards of the Earth, our home - and keep the dollars at home, going to local farmers, our friends and neighbors.

Enjoy the sea, sand, mountains and markets. Enjoy your yoga practice. Let's set an intention to make every practice a celebration of life, the Earth and the glorious season of summer.


Copyright by Lynn Felder June 2009. Lynn Felder is an award-winning journalist, a yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance and the author of the DVD “Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients,” available at

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