Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.~Henry James

Time for a summer hiatus. Yoga in Mirrormont classes will resume in the fall. Enjoy your home practice and practice yoga outside whenever you get the chance. Taking time to enjoy nature is one of Ayurveda's (Yoga's sister science) important tips for all seasons. Here are some Ayurvedic tips for staying cool in summer:

Drink room-temperature water infused with fresh, organic steeped mint leaves and fennel seeds throughout the day.
Practice abhyanga (oleation/self-massage) with cooling coconut oil - warm the oil first - in the morning before your shower. After your shower, mist your body with cooling rose water.
Practice yoga in the early morning or near sunset. Diminish the intensity of your practice. (Not so deep backbends, less intense twists.) 
Take your biggest meal of the day around noon when the digestive fire is high.
Eat pitta-pacifying foods: limes and cucumbers (bitter), apples and quinoa (astringent), fruits and juices (sweet) and refrain from eating salty, sour, and spicy foods, which aggravate pitta.
Swim, stroll by the water, or take a moonlit walk.
Dab lavender or sandalwood oil on your wrists and temples for cooling aromatherapy. Burn lavender or sandalwood incense.
Chillax (I've been hanging out with my teenagers too much! Paddleboard yoga, anyone?)!

Madeleine in Urdhva Dhanurasana on Alki Beach

Terra Yoga, owned by my beloved teacher and mentor, Carina Terra, will be closing its doors at the end of June and I will begin teaching at Village Green Yoga in Gilman Village on Monday and Wednesday mornings (9:30 - 10:45 - subbing for the divine Diana Bonyhadi) through September and on Friday evenings (5:30 to 7 - Candlelight Hatha followed by Yoga Nidra), if you would like try a studio class. Check their schedule and class offerings for diverse classes and teachers. Jean Massimo, the lovely owner and wonderful yoga teacher, also has a beautiful eco-boutique. In September, I will also begin teaching Prenatal Yoga on Tuesday evenings at 5:15 in the Loft at Village Green, if you know of any expectant mamas who might be interested.

Enjoy the sunshine!