June 18th, Father's Day, was SWELTERING here in San Francisco - which means it's officially summer!
With summer comes new inconveniences - like sunscreen, air conditioning and maintaining an appropriate amount of otter pops in one's freezer. But also comes new opportunities to travel, visit nature, and get back in touch with one's families and friends.
In summer, our classrooms expand to include the beaches we visit, the mountains we camp on, and the waters we play in.
With kids, just changing an environment becomes a learning opportunity. In summer - the very same environment appears as a new one: summer flowers bloom and in some places the sun doesn't go down until late at night. This is enough to excite young children, leaving them with questions about their changing worlds and giving you teachers and parents new inspiration.
I've always loved doing normal, "inside" activities outside during summer (or even just on hot days). It adds a whole new level to the experience, making it new.
Students I work with LOVE doing yoga outside - and not just the poses! So much of yoga is strengthening the mind and training oneself to focus on the moment. Being outside provides new things for my students to listen to and look at. It gives them new questions. It inspires a new energy in their practice.
This summer - what can you do outside? Maybe read a book outside, let your child nap in their favorite spot in the backyard, or even hose your child down with soap and sponges in lieu of a bath!
Summer is a time for change and opportunity!
Enjoy The Heat,