Ah, summer in Minnesota. Finally. And we need it.
After all, we’ve just come out of a spring that allowed itself to be bullied by winter. A winter, that in its own right, was pretty proud of itself, hanging around an extra month or so, playing hide and seek with our dress code. Do we wear shorts? Hats? Light sweatshirts? Shades? Some days saw us regaled in various combinations of the above: winter boots, shorts that showed off white legs, a scarf and a wool hat accented by the latest in sunglass fashion and topped off by students stylishly clutching their yoga gear; mat slipping out of one hand, towel shoved (mostly) into our gear bags, and water bottle left in the car. We NEED yoga (and snow angels) to get us through those eight short months of winter here in the cities.
Ah, summer in Minnesota. It’s finally here. Winter boots become flip-flops, high collar jackets turn into t-shirts, and wool hats give way to sassy shades. So, let’s each take a mental step back to ask ourselves, what do my winter habits give way to?
There’s no right answer, therefore on the flip side, there’s no wrong answer either. What we are left with is whether our answer results in a productive or non-productive lifestyle. The next questions to ask: how has yoga been productive for you during the winter months? And what can you take with you into and throughout the summer?
As you contemplate these questions, keep in mind yoga means different things to different people. As such, we each approach yoga according to our own needs, according to our own understanding. These very likely will differ from that of the person on the mat next to us. In spite of, or perhaps because of, these differences, yoga, at its core, seeks to unite us. A consistent yoga provides the opportunity for each of us to find common ground on our way to unity.
At Modo Yoga, the common ground is suggested by its six pillars:
Live to learn
Some of these pillars will resonate with us more than others do. We need not adopt them all at once, or even all of them for that matter. But we should take some of them along with us on our journey towards unity. Furthermore, whether practiced in the hot room or outside among nature, to be effective, they must be practiced regularly. One of the best places to practice is the hot room. This ensures we will get consistent exposure to the ideals we desire to incorporate into our lives. However, regardless of where we practice, when we tap into these pillars in a consistent fashion we begin to find common ground. And when we arrive together on common ground, we begin to find
So little time. So much to do. Put your shades on and get outside. Don your yoga clothes and sweat in the hot room. Spend a bunch of time with friends. Spend a bunch of time leaning into the six pillars. Be healthy. Be peace.
Ah, summer in Minnesota.
We need it!