What’s the big deal about the Summer Solstice?
Before use of a traditional calendars we used the sun help us mark time and observe the seasons. Twice a year we observe the Equinox (Spring and Fall) and two times a year we observe the Solstice (Summer and Winter). In Spring and Fall we see a balancing out of light in our days as the seasons transition, while Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the Summer Solstice gives us the longest day with the most daylight. The Sun is crucial to our survival, it provides heat, light and energy for growth.
The Summer Solstice arrives on June 21 this year, prior to the 21st the days begin to build with earlier sunrises and extend with later sunsets. The 21st, longest day of the year, is a good time to check in and see if we are doing everything in our power to shine as brightly as we can. It’s a good time to reflect on the first half of the year making sure we are still on track for goals and intentions we have set for ourselves.
Activating our inner sun, new light can be shed on our desires harnessing the energy of our solar plexus and navel chakra centers. The Sanskrit word, tapas, describes this inner fire as building heat, burning with desire, and moving with determination.
You’re invited to join the Ignite Yoga Community on 6/23 from 6-7:30pm for a special ceremony to stoke the fire of your intention. After a short meditation everyone will have the opportunity to write their intention down and then see them literally go up in flames. After the dedication of intentions Lisa Bozeman will play the Gongs and Crystal Singing Bowls to amplify the good energy we have brought together in community. You don’t want to miss this event!
Click here to sign up and reserve your spot. $20 per person.
Yogi, YTT Student, Mentee, Teacher….
So, I started out as a yoga student. I enjoyed yoga, and I always looked up to my teachers. I thought, someday I might take yoga teacher training. I thought it would be a great way to learn more about the practice of yoga, and MAYBE someday teach a class or two. I always said that I would take yoga teacher training once my children were away at college and I was having major empty nest syndrome. Well, then my husband encouraged me to attend the YTT info session, and furthermore told Eva “count her in!” I was still hesitant, but something kept drawing me closer and closer to deciding to go for it.
I completed my 200 hour YTT, and I am so thankful I did.
My next big step was applying for a one year Ashtanga mentorship with Scott Page. I practice Ashtanga, and I knew that I was determined to learn to teach it. He accepted me as his mentee, and I am currently in my 11th month of mentorship with Scott, and am forever grateful for this opportunity. I have been subbing Ashtanga & a few vinyasa classes at Ignite, and the support I have felt from our community has been nothing short of amazing. My heart is so full and our Ignite Tribe makes every bit of work worth it.
My point? If you ever even thought of taking yoga teacher training simply because of your love of yoga, DO IT! If you are one of the students now taking it, I encourage you to enjoy every moment. It is a lot of work, but it is so worth it. You are in good hands. Trust the process, and be open to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. When I finished YTT, my mentor Scott told me to “just get out there and teach!” I took his advice, and I pushed myself even though I was terribly nervous. It does get better, and it is also so rewarding.
TRUST YOUR TEACHERS… AND YOURSELF. <3
Join Suzanne's Community yoga class at Ignite on Friday, June 29th at 5:30pm
The shoulder is an unforgiving joint. It’s ball and socket structure is extremely mobile, and relies on muscles, tendons and ligaments to provide support. If one of those structures isn't properly supported, another will pick up the slack, increasing the risk of pain and injury. The four rotator cuff muscles are important for shoulder health. While this is true, you can't forget about the muscles that move your scapulae (shoulder blades), which provide stability for your shoulder joints. If the shoulder blade itself isn't stable, all the muscles that activate shoulder motion will be compromised and put you at a greater risk for injury. The greater stability you have in and around the shoulder blade, the better the shoulder muscles can work and activate, reducing the risk of injury in any of the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the shoulder joint. This is especially important if you lift heavy weights, play a throwing or swinging sport/position, or you're a swimmer.
This modified version of Plank is one of the most beneficial poses you can do to stabilize your shoulders. In addition, Plank will also strengthen your core and bone strength in your forearms and wrists. Your abdominal muscles will be engaged more than if Plank is performed simply on your hands alone, in which you hold your body at a higher angle.
Benefits of Forearm Plank:
Lie prone on your mat. In the beginning after an injury, start with doing the pose standing at a wall.
Spread your legs about hip-width apart. Place your forearms on the floor/wall- elbows directly under your shoulders. Flex your feet and tuck your toes under so the balls of your feet press into the floor. Contract your glutes and legs and lift your hips and thighs off the floor. At the wall, you will need to walk farther away from the wall until your shoulders are at a right angle to your upper arms and try to keep your feet flat on the floor.
Tighten your abdominals, looking at the floor/wall to align your neck and keep your back straight. Press your forearms into the floor and push through your upper back to keep from collapsing into your shoulders.
Avoid raising your hips up too high or letting them sag to the floor; your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet.
Breathe normally and hold this position for as long as you can. If you feel pain or can't maintain correct form, lower yourself to your knees and relax your muscles in child’s pose.
Be careful that your core is continually engaged.
If you have shoulder or neck injuries use a bolster under your chest to support your torso or clasp your hands together instead of keeping the forearms parallel.
If you have a neck injury, support your forehead on a block or folded blanket.
For more on Neck & Shoulder pain poses, join me on June 16 from 1-3pm for my Yoga Therapy for Neck & Shoulder pain.
This week the angels would like us to focus on remembrance. As a fellow veteran, I want to take a moment to thank all of those fallen soldiers, veterans, and those still on active duty for their service. And, the many family members who supported them in service to our country. There are also countless earth angels who have given so much for us to learn, to grow, and to evolve. When I sat down to write this blog, Archangel Azrael was very present, wanting us to know most of all, that all of those lovely souls are happy, healthy, and within touching distance to us always. Most of them are actively engaged in a different kind of life purpose and service in spirit form. In my work, it is an honor to see them gainfully employed on the other side in duties that they have chosen for themselves. Many will return as our spirit guides or to our children or grandchildren. No matter what new job they may have, they are always close. Memorial Day is a great time to honor all who have impacted your life including your spiritual team who are present and steadfast in our lives. No matter what human folly we engage in, they are consistent teachers and supporters; always working with us in love.
Full Moon is Tuesday, May 29th at 7:19 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. If you are sensitive to moon energies, Archangel Haniel can help you with balance. If you want to spend time honoring those who have passed, Archangel Azrael can help bring them closer.
Friday, June 1st we begin a new month with a new focus and theme. June is Archangel Azrael with Counselor. Archangel Azrael is the Archangel of Soul Transitions helping those to move from the earthly plane to the spiritual one. He is also the ultimate counselor, helping those who are grieving as well as those who work in grief counseling, or counseling roles. This month you may be asked to support others experiencing grief as well as lending a listening and supportive ear to others. This month be like the stable Oak Tree providing shelter for friends, family, and community.
Have a great week everyone; I’m sending you good vibes!
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.