5 Things to Remember for Your Outdoor Yoga Practice

5 Things to Remember for Your Outdoor Yoga Practice

Now that the warmer weather is here, you have the opportunity to take your private yoga session outside or sign up for an outdoor yoga class at a local studio. In addition to being a great way to shake things up in your practice, getting outside and immersing yourself in nature might even help you reach that deeper state of meditative calm.

Practicing outside, however, can be a completely different experience compared to practicing indoors. So before you head out to a private place in the woods or to a class in the park, make sure you do the following.

Hydrate Before, During, and After

When the temperatures are hot and the sun is shining, you’ll want to make sure you're hydrated well before you get out to do your yoga. Depending on how intense your session is going to be and how hot the weather is, you may need to drink as many as two cups of water two hours before you start. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and keep it nearby so you can drink up when you rest and when you’ve completed your practice.

Dress for the Weather

In some cases, what you regularly wear for your indoor practice can work well for your outdoor practice. Sometimes, however, the weather can be deceiving. Practicing near water when there’s a strong wind can make it seem colder than it really is, or practicing in an unshaded area when there’s barely any breeze can make it seem hotter than it really is. Your best bet may be to dress in layers and consider bringing along a hat and sunglasses as well.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Even when it’s overcast, there’s still a risk of sunburn. Likewise, practicing under a shaded area doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid sunburn since the sunlight can still reflect from other surfaces and reach your skin. It’s best to put sunscreen on all bare areas of skin several minutes before you start your practice.

Be Mindful of the Ground’s Surface

If you’re taking an outdoor class, chances are your teacher will have picked a suitable area for everyone. Regardless, it’s still worth making sure you’re not putting your mat down on any rocks, twigs, or uneven terrain. If you’re practicing privately, you may want to forgo any poses that involve putting more pressure on the wrists if you’re on a soft surface like grass or sand. In fact, you may even want to skip the mat altogether if you find that it doesn’t stay flat.

Check Your Mat

If your yoga mat is made out of natural rubber, you may not be able to expose it to direct sunlight without the risk of ruining its stickiness. Before you head outside for your yoga practice, do a Google search for your brand or type of mat to see if there are any warnings about putting it in direct sunlight. If you’re not sure, you probably shouldn’t risk it — especially if you spent a good chunk of money to get a high-quality mat!


5 Yogi Planning Trips for Eco-Friendly Travel

5 Yogi Planning Trips for Eco-Friendly Travel

Many yogis consider summer to be the best time of the year to travel, but it isn’t always the most eco-friendly. Whether we find that we’ve overpacked or forgotten several essential items once we’ve reached our destination, there always seems the be something that throws us off and leads to more energy use or wastefulness than necessary.

As yogis, we know that we share a deep connection with our environment. Though we may indulge in modern day activities that are purely for pleasure and entertainment purposes — such as taking a luxurious vacation — there are all sorts of eco-friendly tweaks we can make to help conserve energy and reduce waste.

Wherever you’re headed this summer, aim to integrate g the following eco-friendly tips into your travel planning.

1. Plan to include nature-inspired elements in your trip.

Summer trips like camping, cottaging, and road tripping already have elements of nature built into them, which can naturally inspire you to do your part to help out the environment. But even if you’re staying at a hotel in the city or at your grandparents’ house in the suburbs, finding ways to incorporate elements of nature into your trip can help you remain aware of your connection to nature. Exploring the location’s outdoor environment by checking out natural landmarks, getting active outdoors, and eating outdoors are just a few things you can do to naturally encourage yourself to align your activities with eco-friendly practices.

2. Plan to get active on foot or by bike.

Long distance travel may require driving or flying, but anything located in the vicinity of your hotel/cottage/campground can probably be accessed by walking, hiking, biking, or at least by taking public transportation. Plan your route way ahead of time so you don’t waste time and fuel driving around and trying to figure out where you’re going. Look up trails, guided tours, bicycle rentals, and other sources of eco-friendly modes of transportation before you embark on your trip.

3. Plan to bring your own reusable bottles and containers.

Unless you’re traveling to a place where the local water supply poses a potential threat to your health, you can avoid having to buy plastic bottled water by bringing your own reusable bottles and filling them up before you head out on your adventures. Likewise, if you’re bringing your own food, make sure to pack them in your own containers rather than in bags or paper. Containers may take up more space, but you won't have to throw them out after they've been used just once.

4. Plan to eat local.

Instead of lugging all your food with you your trip, which could result in extra luggage and unnecessary waste, find a local farmers market or grocery store around your destination so you can stock up on foods as needed. You could even check out local restaurants, specialty food stores, breweries, wineries, and other producers/suppliers of local foods to help support the local economy as well as the environment. As an added bonus, you'll get the chance to immerse yourself in the culture by eating local.

5. Plan to do your research well ahead of time.

Making your trip as eco-friendly as possible has a lot to do with effective planning done at least a week or so before you plan to go. As you consider each of the above tips, plan to educate yourself about all the places you want to visit by researching them online, calling or emailing each place for more information, or even asking people you know who’ve been there about their experience. This way, you’ll have a better idea of what to bring, what not to bring, and what eco-friendly options there are available.


3 Tips to Follow This Summer to Stoke the Fire Within

3 Tips to Follow This Summer to Stoke the Fire Within

On this first day of summer, we enter the mot intense seasonal period of abundance. It’s the season where we have the opportunity to connect to the element of fire to nurture our growth.

Summer is the time to express ourselves, to show our love, to explore our passions, and to engage in physical and social activities that bring us joy. Not all of us, however, come perfectly equipped with the fiery energy, creativity, inspiration, or motivation we need this time of year to make the most of it.

Stoking the inner fire must be done with care, love, and balance. As yogis, we can all focus on the following three major things to make sure the flames of our fire burn strong and harmoniously all summer long.

Incorporate Heart-Opening Poses Into Your Practice

The element of fire is most closely associated with the heart, which is why poses that encourage you to bear your chest to the world can feel so empowering. Doing so will help you become more conscious of yourself and the world around you, allowing you to follow your intuition more easily and move in the direction of your greatest desires and passions.

Backbends will help you open your chest and heart center. Try incorporating cobra pose, upward facing dog pose, bow pose, camel pose, and other back bends into your practice to help open up your heart. Make sure to balance them with some cooling forward folds and breath work/pranayama/meditation as well.

Work on Opening Your Third Chakra

Called Manipura, your third chakra allows you to tap into your spiritual strength, personal power, and active courage. This chakra can be found around the solar plexus region, near the navel up toward the breastbone. When you feel confident, passionate, and driven to take action, you know that your third chakra is open.

As a Yogi Surprise member, you may have received The Chakra Bible book in our June Lifestyle Box, which you can refer to if you’d like to learn all about your third chakra as well as how to begin working with it. If you didn’t receive our June Lifestyle Box, you can look toward YouTube for free meditation videos that will help you open your third chakra.

Trade Iced Drinks and Foods for Lighter, Warmer, Fresher Alternatives

An ice-cold glass of lemonade, ice cream cone, popsicle, or Freezee might seem like a refreshing and well deserved treat to help you cool off, but to keep your internal fire burning strong, you’ll want to avoid them. Anything too cold — and that includes chilled water — can douse your digestive fire.

Get in the habit of drinking beverages at room temperature and eating lots of fresh, whole foods with high water content to help balance your body by keeping it just cool enough and your inner fire burning strong. If you feel like your digestive fire could use a boost, enjoy hot and spicy foods to bring on the heat—but make sure to keep it balanced by consuming them in moderation while incorporating cooling foods into your diet. The fire element is associated with the taste of bitterness, so enjoy more salads with bitter, leafy greens like kale, arugula, dandelion and others.


5 Healthy Summer Tips to Stay Hydrated

5 Healthy Summer Tips to Stay Hydrated

Although dehydration is a risk any time of year, it’s particularly important to stay on top of continuously replacing lost fluids throughout the summer months when the temperatures are hot and our activity levels increase.

We all know about the eight-glasses-of-water-a-day rule, but the truth is that staying hydrated isn’t really that simple. Each individual’s hydration needs will vary depending on a variety of factors including gender, age, height, weight, diet, activity level, and more.

Though it may seem silly, it’s often a mistake to wait until the sensation of thirst kicks in before starting to rehydrate. The body may already be dehydrated once thirst is felt, which is why thirst can be an unreliable measure of hydration/dehydration.

Instead, focus on the following to ensure that you never end up dehydrated. Take these hydration tips with you throughout the summer (and beyond) to keep your body healthy, your head clear, and your energy up!

1. Drink Water First Thing in the Morning.

One of the best things you can do to start your day off right and give your body a boost is drink two glasses (about 16 ounces) of water right after you wake up. After going 7 or 8 hours without consuming any water, your brain and your body need it to prime and prepare themselves for the day. Believe it or not, water will help wake you up even better than coffee.

2. Cool Off During Your Yoga Practice.

Summer is the time of year to go easy on yourself in your practice by integrating more restorative cooling poses and pranayama to reduce body heat. Forward folds work to cool the body, reduce anxiety and stress, help with digestion, and give the brain a boost. Cool off with any wide-legged forward fold or take a rest anytime in your practice by moving into child’s pose.

3. Sip on Water All Day Long.

Some people set goals for their daily water intake, but it’s not exactly necessary. If you sip on water all day and increase your water intake before, during, and after your activity level increases, you should be good to go. According to WebMD, it’s good idea to drink two cups of water two hours before any outdoor activity (such as walking, running, or biking) while drinking 4 to 6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes during the activity to maintain hydration.

4. Increase Your Fruit & Veggie Intake.

A large part of your hydration comes from the foods that you eat — not just the fluids that you drink. Grains like rice and bread have a much lower water content than fresh fruits and veggies, so plan on filling half your plate up with them. Foods that are highest in water include leafy greens like spinach, green peppers, celery, cucumbers, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, pineapples, cantaloupe, strawberries, and watermelon.

5. Replace Electrolytes Naturally.

Electrolytes are needed to help your body absorb the water you consume to properly hydrate itself — especially when you sweat a lot. You’ve probably heard of sports drinks like Gatorade that claim to do the trick, but you can actually replace electrolytes naturally through the foods that you eat. Before and after you decide to get active, make sure to snack on whole foods rich in potassium, magnesium, and sodium like bananas, avocados, leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, and starchy veggies.


5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Rainy Days

5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Rainy Days

Summer isn’t always filled with sunshine and blue skies. There may not be as many rainy days as there are in the spring, but several regions across North American and the rest of the world tend to see at least a few wash out days throughout the summer season.

Whether you’re at the cottage, at a campground, in a hotel, or even just at home, you can take advantage of rainy days when they make it difficult or even impossible to follow through with your summertime plans. Here are a few suggested things you can do to turn your rainy summer day into a day that lifts you up instead of brings you down.

Open the Windows for a Calming Effect

Unless it’s pouring outside and you'll risk water damage to your indoor environment, opening up the windows during a light summer rain can be seriously calming, which may be helpful if you’re feeling blue about your plans having to be put on hold due to the weather. Listening to the pitter patter of the rain on the ground and allowing the scent of fresh rainwater to waft in can help you achieve a state of acceptance and peace.

Do Some Meditative Deep Breathing Exercises

According to a study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, the air is actually fresher and cleaner during and after it rains, so why not take it all in? Sit by an open window or under a dry, sheltered area somewhere outside where you can focus on your breath and practice mindfulness meditation. The soothing sounds of the rain may even make it easier for beginner meditators to focus as opposed to trying to practice while sitting in complete silence.

Invigorate Your Yoga Practice With Mood-Boosting Poses

Rainy days might put you in a slump, but that’s no excuse to skip your practice. Incorporate poses that energize and invigorate your spirit to keep you in an uplifted state of mind until the rain passes. Spend a little more time in poses like downward-facing dog split, high lunge, low lunge, single leg forward bend and upward-facing dog or cobra pose.

Get All Your Healthy Meal Prep Done for the Week

Having to stay indoors because of the rain can make you feel frustrated, anxious, and bored enough to start mindlessly snacking on comfort foods. To avoid eating too many calories and feeling worse by the end of the rainy day than you did at the beginning, use your time indoors to go grocery shopping and plan out all your healthy meals for the week. The best part is that you can munch on fresh fruits and veggies as you go!

Take a Nap

Don’t feel guilty about being a bit lazy on a rainy day. When you have to postpone plans because of the weather, taking the time to relax and rest up will help you feel at your best when those sunny days return. Cloudier skies and cooler temperatures will make it more comfortable to nap while the sights, sounds, and smells of the rain will help lull you to sleep. Whether you decide to take a short nap or a longer one on a rainy day, be sure to soak up all that restfulness and enjoy it fully!


5 Simple Tips to Make It Easier to Unplug This Summer

5 Simple Tips to Make It Easier to Unplug This Summer

We live in a world where we're constantly connected. Our devices beg for our attention right around the clock, and we often give in as we unknowingly sacrifice hours and hours of precious time we could instead use to grow ourselves, experience life, and learn new things.

In the summer, every living thing has the opportunity to reach its fullest potential. But if we’re spending so much time browsing, texting, liking, commenting, posting, and doing all the other things we feel compelled to do on a daily basis from our devices, how will we ever be able to look back on the summer and feel satisfied with how we decided to spend it?

We’re not implying that everyone should throw away their smartphones and tablets unil the end of September. That would be unrealistic. We are, however, suggesting that a good balance should be prioritized if we don’t want the summer to slip away.

Here are seven practical ways to unplug more often without feeling totally disconnected.

Disable Most Notifications

Do you really need to know who just started a live video on Instagram? Or what weather warning just popped up for a location you’re not currently in? Disabling all non-urgent notifications will save you from get sucked into the distraction of constantly picking up your device to see what’s going on.

Post Your Summer Photos to Social Media in Bulk

It may be a lot of fun to share photos and videos and status update of all your summer adventures, but your friends aren’t necessarily going to care if you post everything at the end of the day or week rather than constantly post as you experience every single thing worth documenting and sharing. In fact, they might be thankful for it!

Set a Daily Alarm to Disconnect

Reclaim your evenings and days off by setting alarms on your phone to go off at a certain time of the day as a way to remind yourself to unplug for at least an hour. When that alarm goes off, put your device on silent, enable airplane mode, or turn it right off.

Trade Screen Time for a Fun Summer Activity

We all have daily habits that involve using our devices. Whether yours involves plopping down on the couch to watch Netflix after work or endlessly browsing your smartphone before bed, you have the opportunity to replace that bad habit with something that would benefit you much more than that. Look for a sunset yoga class offered by a studio in your area, try meditating in your backyard, go for an evening walk, or do anything that gets you outside while the weather is warm and the days are longer.

Practice Mindfulness While Connected

When you do find yourself picking up your device for whatever reason, stay mindful of how you go about using it. If you picked it up to just check your email for a minute and nothing else, keep that in mind the whole time. This will prevent you from opening the door to mindlessly wasting time by engaging in other activities on your device.

It’s tempting to use our devices constantly, but giving in is never worth missing out on what really matters—real life experiences. So practice putting your device down more often, forgive yourself when you get carried away, and always remember that you have the freedom to choose how you want to spend this very moment!


4 Simple Summer Practices to Honor the Sun

4 Simple Summer Practices to Honor the Sun

The sun gives life to every living thing on Earth. In the summer, we get to experience the sun's power at its greatest potential as it touches all people, plants, and animals.

By honoring the sun, we become more aware of how we can pattern our daily lives around the changes in daylight and heat. Although this is important any time of year, it may be especially important during the summer season when the sun is at its strongest.

Here are just four simple sun practices that you might want to consider integrating into your daily schedule this summer.

Align Your Sleep Schedule With the Sun

The days are much longer in summer, meaning that you have the opportunity to either stay up later or wake up earlier. Ayurveda advocates going to sleep later in the evening (around 10 or 11pm) to take advantage of the extended daylight and to allow the temperature to cool off for more comfortable sleeping conditions. On the other hand, if you decide to rise with the sun, you may choose to go to sleep earlier (around 9 or so) so you can wake up earlier and start your yoga practice.

Start Your Practice With Surya Namaskar

If you choose to rise with the sun, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start your practice with several sun salutations since they are best done in the early morning hours on an empty stomach. The Sanskrit word namaskar means “to bow” while the word surya refers to the sun. The sequence of poses that make up the sun salutation are meant to be practiced in the direction of the sun while cultivating gratitude, awe, and respect for it. Start your practice with 8 to 12 sun salutations in the morning at sunrise (or even at dawn during the sunset).

Take a Midday Rest

Those who live in warmer climates may be familiar with what’s called the “Spanish siesta” — a midday rest or nap that’s typically taken during the heat of the day. As the heat continues to build up past the noon hour, the hottest time of the day usually hits around 3pm, which is convenient for many people who stick to a normal daytime schedule because their circadian rhythms will generally dip between 1 and 3pm (otherwise known as “the afternoon slump”). By squeezing in a midday nap, you are recognizing and honoring the power of the sun at its daily peak.

Offer Water to the Sun

An Ayurvedic practice for honoring the sun called Arghyam is one that practically anyone can do, which involves offering water from a copper vessel. Simply fill your copper vessel with water, go outside in a garden or any area with green space and slowly pour the water on the ground around yourself as you turn in a clockwise direction. Once you've finished pouring out all the water, gaze toward the sun (but try not to look directly at it), place your hands over your heart, and silently affirm the inner power in you.


10 of the Best Ayurvedic Cooling Foods

10 of the Best Ayurvedic Cooling Foods

Many of us yogis absolutely love the summer, but not all of us love the extreme heat that comes with it. When the heat gets to us, we may experience digestive issues such as acid reflux or heartburn, skin conditions such as rashes or acne, and emotional imbalances such as increased feelings of anger or irritability.

Ayurveda (yoga's sister science) states that we need to adopt pitta pacifying habits during the summer months. Pitta is the dominant dosha of the season that governs the metabolism and is associated with heat.

Don't worry, this doesn't mean you need to give up your favorite foods! Just focus on swapping your favourite salty, sour, and spicy foods for foods that are sweet, bitter, and astringent instead.

Here are just 10 cooling foods to stock up on this summer.

Whole Grains

Bread and rice count as sweet foods, so enjoy a a hotdog bun or a summer-inspired rice salad! Just beware of added salt in whole grain foods that are processed or that come from restaurants.

Melons

Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and other types of melons are sweet, packed with water, and offer a wide range of healthy vitamins and nutrients.

Cherries

Cherries are a sweet, antioxidant-rich fruit that you can snack on by the pool, at the cottage, on the deck, on your lunch break or practically anywhere else.

Grapes

If you’re not a fan of removing the stems and seeds from cherries, go for seedless grapes instead. Also rich in antioxidants, grapes are a super sweet, water-packed food that can fill you up quickly.

Mangoes

Known to be one of the most beneficial fruits there is to eat, mangoes can help alkalize the body and aid in digestion — a big help when your digestive fire is burning a little out of control during those hot summer days.

Cucumbers

The saying “cool as a cucumber” is popular for a reason! Cucumbers are 95 percent water, making them the perfect veggie to help rehydrate you and replenish lost nutrients.

Broccoli

Broccoli is super nutritious, high in fiber, and can keep you satisfied for a long time. Serve it steamed as a side dish or raw with some hummus or veggie dip as a snack.

Asparagus

Ever notice that your urine seems to smell strange after eating asparagus? This is because asparagus helps purify the body of toxins by eliminating them through the urinary tract.

Zucchini

Zucchini that has been cooked may help with digestive issues like acid reflux and constipation thanks to being almost entirely made of water.

Some Dairy Products

If you’re not vegan, you may want to consider adding some cooling dairy products in your diet like milk, butter, and ghee (clarified butter). Just be sure to minimize sour dairy products like yogurt and sour cream.

Extra Tip: Avoid Ice-Cold Drinks

It’s tempting to reach for a chilled glass of water when the heat is so intense, but you’ll want to make as much as an effort as you can to drink your water and other cold beverages at room temperature as often as possible. Liquids that are too cold can douse the flames of your digestive fire, which you'll want to keep burning at a balanced level by avoiding extra ice and beverages that have been refrigerated.


Win a 6 Day, 5 Night Yoga, Meditation & Malas Retreat in Tulum, Mexico

Known for its spectacular coastline and ancient Mayan ruins, Tulum is the main gem of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its snow white beaches and turquoise waters make it a top travel destination for beach goers, snorkelers, and divers alike who are looking to explore the natural wonders of one of the most unique places on Earth.

During the month of June, one of our lucky Yogi Surprise members will win a 6 day, 5 night yoga, meditation, and malas retreat in Tulum, Mexico, courtesy of Trip Tribe. Our winner will enjoy an unforgettable week of yoga-inspired relaxation and rejuvenation at La Calma — a small eco-friendly hotel situated in the middle of the Mayan jungle.

Recharge Yourself in the Heart of the Mayan Jungle

Win a 6 Day, 5 Night Yoga, Meditation, & Mala Retreat in Tulum, Mexico

Built entirely by hand without any electricity or machinery, La Calma was designed to exist in harmony with the Mayan community, the wildlife, and the plant life that surrounds it. The hotel’s electricity is 100% solar-powered and all wasteful supplies used by staff and visitors are biodegradable.

The hotel’s beautiful yoga studio features 135 square feet of wooden floor and includes its own social facilities, dressing rooms and showers. Two 90-minute yoga classes and meditation will be offered each day in varying styles (vinyasa, kundalini, partner yoga, arm balances) as well as for different levels.

Recharge Yourself in the Heart of the Mayan Jungle

The winner of this amazing yoga retreat will get to enjoy all the following amenities:

  • 2 daily meals including breakfast and dinner made from fresh, locally-sourced foods
  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga classes
  • 1 daily meditation session and mala-making workshop
  • Optional additional activities including trips to the beach, stand-up paddleboarding, cave diving, Mayan ruin tours, Tulum city visits, massages, and more
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Daily transportation around the town

Recharge Yourself in the Heart of the Mayan Jungle

For this retreat, our lucky winner will join yoga ambassadors Devon Young and Juliette Rossato at La Calma this October 2nd to 7th, 2017. With natural landscapes and ocean waters that are practically incomparable to any other place, Tulum serves as the perfect environment for any yogi looking to relax, enjoy Mother Nature's gifts, and dive deeper into her practice.

Now’s your chance to enter to win this incredible retreat. Click the link below to learn how you can win!

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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

“Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness. At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in the stillness beneath blankets of snow.” — Gary Zukav

Our spiritual energies peak during the Spring Equinox, but we feel it most when we reap the rewards several months later during the Summer Solstice. This is the time of year when we get to really celebrate and be grateful for the light of consciousness in ourselves and in everyone/everything else around us.

On this first day of summer, the sun lingers in the sky the longest all year as it ushers in the warmest season before slowly declining back into darkness day after day. By honoring the Summer Solstice, we remind ourselves just how special and fleeting each and every day really is.

If you're sure you want to make this summer an unforgettable one, work on aligning yourself with the spiritual significance on the season by doing the following.

Fuel Your Inner Fire

Summer is the time to embrace all the light, love, and power that’s stirring within you. First, look toward your diet. According to Ayurveda, summer is pitta season, which controls the metabolism and can lead to overheating when there’s an imbalance with pitta.

You’ll want to incorporate seasonal foods into your diet that are primarily sweet, bitter, and astringent while avoiding foods that are spicy, overly pungent, and loaded with salt. Some of the best foods to include in your diet that help balance pitta include leafy greens, cucumber, coconut, watermelon, cantaloupe, cilantro, parsley, yogurt, and milk.

Reflect and Act

Rather than beginning a new flow of energy, the arrival of summer marks a time to reflect on the spiritual renewal you experienced in the spring and determine whether your behaviors and actions align with your new beliefs and values. Now is the time to take the right course of action and develop your personal integrity.

Before you can act, you’ll have to turn inward. Ask yourself if there are things you're doing that don’t line up with what your heart knows is right. Consider meditating on these questions or journaling about them to help organize your thoughts and come up with the appropriate action steps to take.

Cool Off

There’s a higher risk of overheating and burning out in the summer as you try to act upon what your heart is calling you to do. Although you may feel energized enough and inspired to really ramp up your yoga practice, consider toning the intensity down by about 25 percent or so while placing more emphasis on cooling poses like puppy pose, camel pose, cobra pose, and fish pose.

Try going to bed a little later — as late as 11pm or so — when the heat of the day has had time to dissipate. Moisturizing with coconut oil at the end of each day will keep your body cool and hydrated while dabbing drops of sandalwood essential oil along your temples and pulse points twill help balance out excess pitta.

Above all, remember to be mindful of what you’re feeling as you embark on your summer adventures. It can be all too easy to get swept away by all the excitement that's happening around you, so making a habit of checking in with yourself regularly will really serve you on your journey toward greater personal growth.