Summertime and Yoga

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When I think of summer I think of sleeping in, freedom and Alice Cooper’s hot weather anthem, “School’s Out for Summer.” This season of sunshine and flip flops can be a tough one when it comes to keeping good habits going, including yoga. Because let’s face it – when it’s cold outside, it’s easy to get to a hot yoga class. But on a lazy hot summer day? Well, it can be a challenge.

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However summer is one of the best times to stay consistent with your yoga practice. Here are four reasons why:

  1. Consistency is the key to growth. If you want to get better at something, you need consistent practice, right? To move your yoga practice forward, plan a certain number of times you’ll get into the studio each week. That way, come fall you won’t feel like you’re starting all over again.
  2. Better heat tolerance. We live in a hot climate, and when you practice power Vinyasa yoga, you’ll be more acclimated to the heat. I mean who wants to be limited to only air-conditioned environments when the temps go above 90 degrees?
  3. You’ll be a better parent. I hate to admit it, but I semi-dreaded each summer when I stayed home with my kids. The first few weeks were always tough on all of us as we shifted from over-scheduled to the more free-form days. Looking back on it, I think we all would have benefitted from a little bit of structure, and I certainly would have been a better mom with some yoga each week.
  4. You’ll be a better athlete. With summer comes all sorts of fun recreation opportunities. And I guarantee that you will be better at whatever summer sport you choose – whether it’s waterskiing, SUPing or ultimate Frisbee – with a regular yoga practice that’s strengthening and stretching your body and your mind.

So how can we get consistent with our practice during the summer? (So glad you asked!) Here are three ways to ensure you don’t put your yoga practice on hold.

  1. Use the app. Spotted Dog has a nifty app where you can sign up for classes and have a reminder sent to your calendar. This works great for me. If I approach a day thinking, “Oh, I can get to yoga any time” that pretty much means I won’t attend a class. But by scheduling the classes I intend to take, it’s easier to keep that promise to myself.
  2. Let your kids do yoga! What I would have given to have kids yoga classes available when my boys were small. Take advantage of Spotted Dog’s “I Play Yoga” kids classes. It’s a win-win when the parents and the littles are doing yoga, right?
  3. Use your tapas. Sometimes you’ll hear the word tapas used in class. It’s synonymous with fire, heat and discipline. So don’t just use your tapas to stay in a challenging pose. Use it to get to class!

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat,

Leslie

GANDY

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