Tips on Yoga + Health for a Rejuvenating Transition into Summer
By: Sasha Nelson for Hyde Yoga
Wellness is spreading like wildfire. Green juice has become a supermarket/social media staple, and people are realizing the importance of consciousness toward the environment, the food we eat, and the way we live. Yoga fits into this modern mindfulness matrix perfectly, even though some argue that this “trend” can discredit the integrity of what the asana practice and yoga as a whole is really about. Others could defend that, beyond the fancy poses we see on Instagram and the wide-spread craze of the yoga pant, the popularity of yoga itself is an obvious representation of the benefits of this practice (whether or not yoga students at your local gym know what the sutras are).
Experienced yogi or beginner student – the physical yoga practice is an excellent way to get in shape and feel great in any season. We know this because the results are all literally over the place, right in front of our face – everyone wants a piece of the asana pie. What newbies may be unaware of when they first step onto the mat is the beauty of the benefits of this practice beyond sculpting Madonna arms: experiencing unity and oneness (or sama, sameness), discovering physical and mental spaciousness, the ability to see yourself in others (and vice versa – the meaning of namaste), finding a silver lining within an undesirable experience (pratipaksha bhavana), noticing how and when you react to things, discerning between pain and discomfort, employing mindfulness in every moment, and so on. Who knew you were scoring so big when you first learned how to do a downward facing dog?
Needless to say, yoga and nutrition go hand in hand. When we are on that zenned-out yoga high post-practice, it’s natural to want your treat your body to something that will make you feel good as opposed to greasy, processed foods. One of the many reasons Hyde loves Purely Elizabeth is because they use clean, wholesome ingredients that are environmentally conscious – similar to our use of organic cotton. We love supporting these like-minded brands because we are all part of the same purpose – we genuinely care about the environment and the wellbeing of our customers, whether that be through our yoga practice, what we put in our mouths, what we wear, or how we find peace of mind.
Both Hyde and Purely Elizabeth started with an idea, and we’ve been growing ever since. All it takes is that first initial interest and an openness to whatever comes up as one continues down the wellness road. We’re all on different paths, yet (as yoga reminds us) we’re all one. So whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or just starting; whether you’re a bona fide foodie or want to start eating healthier, follow these simple yoga and lifestyle tips to feel amazing throughout summer and onward:
- Eat whole, nourishing foods. Shop the outer aisles for fresh fruits and veggies, and buy organic whenever possible. Look for brands with a few simple, clean ingredients throughout the inner aisles. For a summer breakfast/snack, we are obsessed with Purely Elizabeth granola with coconut milk or yogurt and berries. Yum.
- Practice surya namaskar A & B (sun salutations) 5-7 times per week (or moon salutations for a gentler approach). Be aware of things like how your body moves, the quality of your breath, where your mind wanders off to, the alignment of the posture, etc. If yoga isn’t your thing, enjoy your favorite activity – move your body!
- Without judging yourself, notice how and when you react to things. When something happens that upsets you, try counting to ten before you react.
- Find quiet moments to sit still and simply breathe, focusing on non other than your inhale and exhale.
- Make space for fun moments to play outdoors, detached from judgement, allowing yourself to move and express yourself freely (remember running through the sprinklers as a kid?).
- Be mindful of the brands you put your dollars towards, and support the local, sustainable companies that resonate with you.
- Do what you love, and smile often (even when you feel like you can’t)!
- During your physical practice, whether that means yoga or running or knitting, try to remain as present as possible in every moment. Notice the way you move, breath, if your brain wanders, if and when judgement comes up, and so on. Incorporate this mindfulness within your summer activities.
- Pack Hyde yoga gear when you travel to remind yourself there’s always time to practice your favorite physical activity, even if it’s just stretching in your hotel room. Our jojo shorts and brooklyn halter are a popular summer combo.
- Always come back to the present moment to make the most of the sunshine, outdoor activities, and all that summer has to offer.
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Namaste, and happy summer.
Meet Sasha Nelson.
Sasha Nelson is a yoga instructor, certified health coach, dancer, and music lover based in Brooklyn, NY. She works with individuals who seek to balance wellness within their modern lifestyle, and teaches primarily vinyasa-style yoga in Brooklyn and Manhattan. A former Fashion Merchandising MFA graduate from Academy of Art University, she now works for Brooklyn-based Hyde organic yoga apparel. When you don’t find her doing any of these things she is experimenting in the kitchen, poppin’ and lockin’, and practicing Breakti®. For more information, visit sashayogawellness.com.
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