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Welcome to Early Summer: Embracing the Space Element

In Seasonal Yoga, Early Summer is an addition to the traditional Chinese Five-Element Theory.  It serves as a bridge between the dynamic energy of Spring and the full Yang energy of Summer.  

 

This transitional phase is governed by the Space element, connecting with the secondary aspect of the Fire element, and is most active from May 21st to June 20th.

Early Summer invites us to embrace themes of connection, warmth, and openness, preparing us for the height of summer.

Organs & Meridians:  The Triple Heater and Pericardium: Guardians of the Space Energy

 

The organs associated with Early Summer are the Triple Heater and the Pericardium. The Triple Heater is unique to Chinese medicine and plays a crucial role in balancing the flow of energy through the body, while the Pericardium, often referred to as the Heart Protector, surrounds the heart and protects it both physically and energetically. These organs work together to maintain harmony within our system, helping us navigate the emotional and physical transitions of this season.

 

Below are some quick ways to assess your Space element energy and what you can do to support the Triple Heater and Pericardium during Early Summer.

Signs of Balance and Imbalance: Listening to Your Body

Paying attention to your body can provide insights into your alignment with the Space energy.  In general, signs of balance may include feeling connected, warm, and open, while imbalances can manifest as social disconnection, emotional instability, or feeling overly protective or closed off.

Emotional and Psychological Symptoms:

  • Difficulty Connecting with Others: Struggling to form or maintain meaningful social connections.

  • Emotional Instability: Mood swings, irritability, or feeling emotionally overwhelmed.

  • Overprotectiveness: An excessive need to protect oneself from perceived emotional or physical threats.

Imbalances in the Pericardium:

  • Cardiovascular Issues: As the Pericardium is closely linked to the heart, imbalances can manifest as heart palpitations, chest tightness, or irregular heartbeats.

  • Emotional Distress: Feelings of anxiety, restlessness, or excessive emotional sensitivity can indicate an imbalance.

  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, often due to excessive thinking or emotional turmoil.

Imbalances in the Triple Heater:

  • Fluid Imbalance: Issues with fluid retention or dehydration, as the Triple Heater is responsible for the distribution and regulation of fluids in the body.

  • Temperature Regulation: Difficulty regulating body temperature, such as feeling excessively hot or cold, can indicate an imbalance.

  • Immune System Weakness: Frequent colds, infections, or a general feeling of low immunity might suggest an imbalance in the Triple Heater.

 

Important Note: The practices and suggestions are not designed to offer a diagnosis nor should they be used as a substitute for professional medical treatment.  If you have specific health concerns or conditions, it's always best to consult with a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner, your GP, or a healthcare professional.

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Aligning with the Space Element: Cultivating Connection and Warmth

 

To align with the Space element and restore balance, we can incorporate self-care practices that promote connection and warmth.  Engaging in activities that support the Triple Heater and Pericardium, such as heart-opening yoga poses and mindful social interactions, can help us maintain harmony.

 

By nurturing the Space energy within us, we embrace the abundant, connecting energy of Early Summer, setting the stage for a season filled with joy and vitality.

 

Self-Care Tips for Supporting the Space Element:
 

  1. Mindful Movement: Incorporate mindful movement practices such as yoga or qigong into your routine.  These activities, along with myofascial work, will help maintain the flexibility of your fascia, manage stress, and enhance overall well-being.

  2. Heart-Opening Practices: Engage in yoga poses that open the chest and back, balancing expansive movements with protective postures to support the heart and pericardium.

  3. Social Connection: Foster meaningful connections with others while also taking time for self-reflection and inner connection.  Balance social activities with moments of solitude to avoid burnout.

  4. Energy Management: Be mindful of your energy levels, balancing activities that give and take energy.  Prioritise rest and self-care to ensure you are recharged and ready for the full energy of Summer.

  5. Nature Time: Spend time outdoors, connecting with the warmth and vibrancy of Early Summer.  Nature can help restore balance and support the flow of energy in the body.

  6. Nourishing Foods: Enjoy a diet that includes seasonal, nutrient-rich foods to support your body's transition through Early Summer.
     

By tuning into our bodies and these practices, we move with the natural rhythms of Early Summer, cultivating a deep sense of connection, warmth, and well-being.

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The Space Between

Take 9 minutes out of your life to create some space. 

 

Perfect for times when you need space between tasks, your day or a busy mind. 

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What the World Needs.

What makes you come alive and what can you do with that?  This is what the world needs.  Listen to this practice to gain fuel for your fire.

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An Important Reminder

This 5-minute practice is all about cherishing ourselves and others. 

Reminding ourselves that we all want the same thing....we all want to love and feel loved. 

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Yoga Nidra: Clearing Clouds

Temper activity and doing with resting and being.  Join me for a chilled-out 17-minute yoga nidra practice.  Perfect for any time of the day or night.

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Appreciating the Little Things

Join me as we take some time out to appreciate the little things in life. This meditation is 16-minutes well spent.  Gratitude has many physiological and emotional benefits.

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A Relaxing 15-Minute Journey

This meditation is a journey towards loving ourselves.  It is a guided relaxation so switch off distractions and get comfortable.

Early Summer, a Journey Through Space & Connection

This is from a live class recording where we focused on welcoming early summer yoga.

 

In this class, we focus on:

  • The role of the Pericardium and Triple Heater meridians, understanding their importance in balancing our connections with others and ourselves.

  • Expansive movements to take up space and honour our growth, mirroring nature's blossoming and then coming back to centre to integrate and absorb.

  • Heart-opening postures and balancing movements to connect deeply with ourselves and manage our energy effectively.

 

The practice also includes a grounding breath meditation, guiding us through the seasons within our breath cycle.

Balancing our Transitions

This class is about using the qualities of the natural world and the transitions of the seasons to help us with the different transitions we go through in life.

From balance, grace, strength, and flow we start with qigong before moving into a mudra meditation and then into a more dynamic practice for which you will need two blocks and a blanket.

You can of course break these practices up and do the qigong and meditation which conclude at minute 28.

You will need 2 blocks and a blanket for the second part of the class.

Myofascial Release for the Neck, Shoulders & Upper Back 

We will be targeting the areas of the neck, shoulders and upper back with some myofascial release techniques.

Fascia covers and encapsulates the muscle and muscle fibers which affects how our muscles mobilise and move. 

With myofascial release, we are rehydrating the fascia and increasing blood flow.  We are also helping to increase mobility and elasticity as well as stimulating lymphatic flow. 

People often report feeling lighter with less tension in their bodies after this practice. 


Please listen to the introduction and avoid any areas where you may have scar tissue or injuries.  

We are targeting areas that can feel tender so please use your breath as a guide to assess how long you can stay.  Back off/come out of the pose if you experience any pain.

You will need a block and strap (or an at-home strap alternative like a belt or scarf).

A Short Somatic's Practice 

A really short introduction to a somatic practice but long enough to experience some of the benefits of this amazing, restoring, calming and nourishing practice.

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