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Savoring The Sweetness of Summer

Shifting with the full moon, the light and dark, and how to move into savoring summer without the stress.

 

The end of summer is inevitably creeping up on us. We see the back to school commercials, put our light sweaters back into the wardrobe rotation, and are enjoying the purple clouds from the earlier sunsets. If you are like me, right about now you are saying “Hey! Not so fast! I didn’t even get all the good beach days, get out on my friends boats as much as I wanted, fit that white water rafting trip in, or get to that outdoor concert I have been trying to get to for three years” … or… the list could go on. So, how do we savor the last bits of the summer sweetness without stressing out about what we still “need” to enjoy?

These are a few STEPS TO SAVOR SUMMER that I am going to try this week…

Are you with me?

1.PAUSE AND BECOME AWARE

Give yourself the gift to see what you HAVE done this summer rather than what you have not. Make a list of all of the fun things you did do, even if it was just one awesome day off.

2. DO NOT STRESS WHAT IS NEXt

Re-evaluate the things that truly make you happy. This can include a good cup of coffee, sleeping in late, taking a restorative yoga class,  or getting up super early and going for a long run. Do things that nourish you and that you can reap the benefits from IN THIS MOMENT.

3.SUPPORT SYSTEM

Do you have a “core group” of friends? Or is it your family? Maybe it’s just you and your dog or cat? Whoever it is that keeps you grounded and makes you feel like YOU… go to them. Spend as much time with them as you can. In times of transition, we need our support systems the most… and be sure to hug them and thank them for everything they do for you.

4. MAKE SOMETHING

Create! Do an art project, cook a beautiful meal, or write a thank you card to your mom, friend, sister or cousin… just for the fun of it! Creating something and feeling proud of the result boosts your confidence and lowers stress levels… so you can ease into transition with grace.

5. FOLLOW THE MOON

The Full moon in August has just occured. Rather than bracing yourself before this intense energetic time, try to use your increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome change or challenges. You will be able to follow your instinct to know if something is just not right… but it is your job to cleanse and get rid of it before the end of the season.

Interested in setting yourself up to savor summer?

Attend the full moon yoga with me! Featuring live music with treats from The Juicery on August 28th!

 

Sarah Oleson

Sarah Oleson

Sarah Oleson is a Northshore based yoga teacher and International wellness retreat leader.
Sarah is a New England native, but traveling to new places is her true love...especially tropical places. After graduating with a Masters Degree in elementary education in 2013, Sarah decided to make teaching and traveling more of a lifestyle than a hobby. Yoga had always been a part of her life, starting from age 12 when her mother brought her along to yoga and meditation classes. Amazed at how yoga not only alleviated pain in the joints, but also created a freedom of expression and comfort in the mind and the body, Sarah wanted to take her practice and teaching deeper.
She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher certification with Frog Lotus Yoga International in Bali, Indonesia in 2015, training and teaching alongside some of the best instructors in the world. She also completed her Childlight teacher training, and is certified to teach ages 2-18. Sarah is also OM births certified to teach expecting mothers. She is completing her 500 hour teacher training this December in India.
Catching the "travel bug" and teaching all over the world has allowed Sarah to be constantly inspired by nature, spirituality, and the elements, linking movement, breath and life through the graceful practice.
Her retreats and workshops combine traditional kirtan, mantras, mudras, pranyama, and asana(poses)... deepening the full yoga experience. Her playful, energizing classes challenge the body while still relaxing the mind. Sarah encourages growth and interconnectedness of the physical and spiritual self within her students, and incorporates accessible levels and modifications for each individual. Sarah seeks to help others thrive by nurturing body and soul through yoga, and her hope is that her students will step off the mat and into everyday life with that same nourishment and balanced attitude.

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