Beat the Summer Heat

We’ve already headed into the sweltering days of summer! High humidity combined with record temperatures create a phenomenon known in Chinese Medicine as “Summer Heat with Dampness.” During these hot humid days you might experience: irritability, dizziness, heaviness in the head (like a wet towel wrapped around your forehead), fogginess, confusion, a dragging sensation in your limbs, profuse sweating (as your pores open wide to help cool you off), nausea and lack of appetite. If you have autoimmune issues, these symptoms might be more pronounced for you as heat and damp are both inflammatory. So what can we do to work with these “dog days” of summer? Below are a few tips to help you beat

Remember to Return to Your Heart

Summer is HOT. And summer is generally the most social time of year! Sometimes the intensity of expending so much energy with potlucks, bbqs, picnics, concerts, and even vacations can start to wear us down. That’s why it’s necessary to come back to our own experience and to move through this season of maximum expansion (maximum heat and light) with an awareness of what we really need. While it feels wonderful to expand outwards, to enjoy more daylight and perhaps a more jam-packed social schedule, it’s also essential that we return to ourselves. Yoga is one way that I return to my own experience and remind myself to move only as deeply into a particular posture as feels right for me. What ca

Let the Light of Summertime Shine Bright in Your Self-Care

Happy summer! It’s not just calendar-time summer. I’m starting to feel the full blossoming of the heart that summertime entails in Chinese Medicine theory. It’s the season of the Fire element, of warmth and connection. A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at the Penn Museum Summer Solstice event called ‘Self-Care in the Summertime.” I really enjoyed helping participants create a personalized self-care action plan. This talk is based on my self-care workbook, which you can download from my website, if you don’t already have a copy. Please feel free to share it with a friend. One thing that I may not have emphasized enough during the talk is that self-care doesn’t have to be something that you do on