Embracing The Fire Element: Summer in Taoism, TCM and Yin Yoga

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Embracing the Fire Element Summer in Taoism, TCM, and Yin Yoga

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long”  Lao Tzu’s

If you live in the northern hemisphere and you are listening to or watching this episode as it comes out then today is the first day of Summer.

So in honor of the day, I thought I would do a special episode on Embracing the Fire Element Summer in Taoism and TCM

Element of Fire corresponds to Summer in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoism:

  • Fire is the element associated with summer, embodying the qualities of heat, activity, and passion.
  • The direction associated with fire is south, the color is red, and the climate is heat.
  • Yin channels: Heart and Pericardium.
  • Yang channels: Small Intestine and San Jiao (Triple Burner)

Harmonizing Yin and Yang:

In the busy outward shining energy of summer, it’s important to remember to harmonize active (yang) energy with restful (yin) energy during the energetic summer months.

A few characteristics of the Fire Element and Summer

  • The heart is seen as the sovereign, governing spiritual and mental activities.
  • Sound: Laughter.
  • Emotion: Joy.
  • Spirit: Shen.

Shen and Its Importance:

Shen represents the mind and spirit, encompassing mental function and emotional health. The Shen Ming is the inner radiance and vitality that shines through one’s eyes, reflecting enthusiasm and clarity of mind.

Physiological and Philosophical Functions of the Heart:

  • Circulation of blood.
  • Abode of Shen, influencing mental clarity, memory, and sleep.
  • Shen goes outward during the day and returns to rest in the heart at night.

Meridians Connected to Fire:

  • Heart (Yin): Sovereign organ, governing blood circulation and mental activities.
  • Small Intestine (Yang): Separates pure from impure substances, both physiologically and mentally.
  • Pericardium (Yin): Protects the heart both physically and emotionally, shielding it from excessive emotions.
  • San Jiao (Yang): Regulates qi flow, without a direct Western anatomical counterpart; associated with three regions (upper, middle, lower jiao).

Fire Personality Archetype:

  • Typically extroverted, charismatic, and energetic.
  • Enjoys socializing, drama, and sensation.
  • Potential weaknesses: Anxiety, insomnia, depression when out of balance.
  • Tendency to be the life of the party but may struggle with solitude and introspection.

Seasonal Tips for Summer:

  • Ensure adequate rest to prevent burnout.
  • Incorporate cooling foods to counteract summer heat (e.g., mint, cucumber, lemon).
  • Consider raw and cold foods if appropriate for one’s constitution.

Emotional and Spiritual Health:

  • Practice mindfulness to maintain mental clarity and emotional balance.
  • Embrace joy and laughter while avoiding extremes of any emotion.

You will learn all this and much more in this episode

Disclaimer:

The information provided is for general knowledge and entertainment. It is not medical advice, and listeners should consult healthcare professionals for personal health concerns.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: All right, my friends, today.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: without further ado, we shall get into the topic.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if you’re watching this on Youtube, you will see me navigating around a little bit with my eyes and my screen, because I have some notes, and they’re on several different sources. So if you see my eyes shifting around, I just want to make sure I don’t miss anything.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So if you’re listening to this live. When it comes out it will be the first day of summer.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and so I thought it would be a great idea to do a little bit of a just, a brief synopsis of summer, according to Taoism and Tcm.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I did a brief one also in the winter. So I think that this is a great idea to have a bit of a seasonal theme.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Now, that’s of course, if you live in the northern hemisphere.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: If you do not live in the northern hemisphere, then you will be approaching your winter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: summertime.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so

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Nyk Danu Yoga: summer

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism is connected to the element of fire which makes sense logically.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Here’s a quote by Lao Tzu.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long. I think this is such a great reminder, because what can happen in the summer, especially for those of you that are summer lovers. And you know who you are is that we just get so excited. And we want to do all the things, and we’re just like, Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go! And we do all of this sort of young activity.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: this is a good reminder. The flame that burns twice as bright only burns half as long.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay? So within the fire element. Again, we’re connected to summer.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The yin channels that are associated with the fire element are the heart and the pericardium and the Yang channels are the

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and the fire element has more meridians connected to it, and some people split these apart and call some of them ministerial fire and traditional fire. I’m not going to get that detailed about it, but it is unique that there are 2 yin channels and 2 young channels that are connected to the fire element, which is

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the sound is laughter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The Chi raises up, and the emotion is joy. The spirit is shen.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and the constitutional archetype. If you could come up with one would be the life of the party.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So the taste, for example, is bitter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so the heart is the sovereign.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: which is one of the things. When I first heard this in Tcm.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so the heart is the sovereign and the leader of all the other organs, and all of the organs are in service to the heart.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The physiological functions of the heart, according to Tcm. Include circulating blood in our body. But the heart is also responsible for our spiritual and our mental activities

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The the heart is the abode of the Shen, and Shen is sometimes translated as mind, but it’s important to note that the view of mind in Taoist thought is not the way that we think of the mind in Western thought. Western thought. We think of the mind as our brain and our thoughts.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the mental function, but also has a role in emotion.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So although in the West we separate body, mind, and spirit in Tcm. The mind and heart are one, and that oneness is called Shen.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The Shen is what allows our inner radians to shine outward. It’s the alertness of our mind, and the inner vitality that can shine out through our eyes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: This brightness is called our shen Ming, and the Shen Ming is the glow, spark, or radiance of fire that shows up as enthusiasm or sparkle in the eyes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the harsh stores, the shen and the shen affects our ability to fall asleep.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The shen goes outward in the day and engages with the world, and then at night the shen returns to the heart and rests in the blood of the heart.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The Shen affects our short-term memory governs our ability to think clearly. If our shen is weak, then we can’t think clearly. We might be forgetful, or a concentration wanders off.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and if our shen isn’t settled, we can have difficulty falling asleep.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I mentioned that there are

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Nyk Danu Yoga: 2 yin and 2 yong meridians connected to the element of fire, which is the element connected to summer.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so we have the heart, and we have the small intestine.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: The heart is the yin, the small intestine is the yong.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Do you have the patience to wait until mud settles and the water is clear again by Lao Tzu.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So the small intestine is the paired organ to the heart.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and the role of the small intestine is to separate the pure from the impure.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And while this makes sense on a purely physiological level, right purification, transporting clear substances and expelling what in Tcm they often call the turbid. There’s also a mental emotional aspect to this function as well.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So the small intestine is also responsible from separating the clear from the turbid thoughts.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and when this ball and testine is in harmony, it knows the difference between right and wrong, wise and unskillful judgment

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the small intestine. If the small intestine is in a state of disharmony.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then the Paracartium, which is absolutely one of my favorite concepts. So the Paracartium

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Nyk Danu Yoga: is a real thing

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Nyk Danu Yoga: anatomically in our body, but of course, in Tcm. And in Taoism they have all this poetry and symbolism that goes along with it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: He who defends with love will be secure. Heaven will save and protect him with love. Loud su.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So the Paracartium has an anatomical role

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in this case, as the heart protector.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So, according to teach anatomy.info

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Nyk Danu Yoga: physical pericardium is made up of 2 layers, an rough external layer of fibreous pericardium, and a thinner, more internal layer known as the serious pericardium.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and to make sure that you stay hydrated so you can add fresh mint and cucumber and lemon to your water, both of which are cooling and detoxifying.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: We don’t want our fire to burn out by the end of summer, and I see this all the time with students, especially the summer lovers, that by the time they get to fall they’re just like sort of spun into a tizzy. They have no sort of sense of ground or earth element left in them.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: some of the Cnu channels, and I’ll probably do a whole episode on this later, but just in brief.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: some of the Cnu channels are directly the same exact pathway as the meridian, and some don’t. So, for example, the liver channel, the Snyu channel actually ends long before the full meridian channel.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And it’s the Sineu channel that we’re working with

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in our Yin classes. It’s the corresponding fascia channel. So we have our meridian, we have our corresponding sine channel or fascia channel, and that is where we excel. As Yin Yogis is accessing those sineu channels.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: how I teach seasonally is, I will usually offer a workshop at the beginning of the season on that season. If I’ve already done one on that season, then I will share it with my email list, so I’ll share the recording I’ll make. I’ll turn it into a blog post and and send that out and share it out

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so that people can access it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And then throughout the season. So let’s just use summer as an example.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I’m still going to do a full web, a full, rounded well kind of general practice, where we’re getting all the bits and bobs in.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: but I will also add in

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Nyk Danu Yoga: extra poses for the sinew channels that are connected to the element of fire. Therefore the summer.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I’ll add a few things in. So let’s just use the past season as an example. So

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Nyk Danu Yoga: at the time of this recording, we’re just

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Nyk Danu Yoga: still in spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: By the time this comes out it will be summer. It’ll be the first day of summer. But right now we’re still in spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and the meridians that are connected to spring are the gall bladder

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and the liver.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And so what I I have done a workshop on this in the past, and I send that out to my students at the beginning of spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then throughout my classes as we go along throughout spring I will add

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Nyk Danu Yoga: a few extra poses for those specific areas. So for the liver, for example, runs up the inner line of the leg, so I will include more shapes that open up the groin and the inner thighs

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in the spring.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Now I’m also going to do that other times of year, because there’s actually 3 meridians that run up the inner thighs. But to keep this very simple.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: I’ll do. I’ll do. Maybe some more dragonflies, or more half dragonflies, for example, than I would have in the winter.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and then

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Nyk Danu Yoga: also for the side body, which is where the gallbladder channel runs, and the senior channel of the gallbladder, so I may tend to do more kind of side bends, or

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Nyk Danu Yoga: more than one side bend, or maybe a longer hold in a side bend to get into the sinew channel that’s connected to the gallbladder meridian.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So this is how I use this information, because sometimes I feel like we can hear all this information. And it’s it’s interesting and it’s fun. But then it’s like, what do I do with all this.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Now, dear teacher, listening to this, if you haven’t studied

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Nyk Danu Yoga: these things in your yin training, or you aren’t a Chinese medicine practitioner

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Nyk Danu Yoga: or your yin training kind of barely glazed over, or just told you that you were doing poses for your meridians, which is not accurate. Really.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: it’s a gross oversimplification.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Then I wouldn’t include this information in your teaching until you’ve had a chance to actually study it.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: either with you know, somebody who includes this information in their training like I do. Then maybe you can do some more seasonally themed classes, or maybe and this is, you wouldn’t be the first. There are plenty of

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Yoga teachers that find Yen fall in love with Yen fall in love with some of this Tcm stuff, and then they run off and they go and study more in depth.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Whether that study B

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Nyk Danu Yoga: traditional Chinese medicine becoming an acupuncturist or Tcm d.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: We’re taking medical Chi gong

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Nyk Danu Yoga: or some sort of Shiatsu training. So there are ways to learn more beyond a yin training and study these things. If this really, this kind of philosophy and medicine really feels like home to you.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Which is why I studied Chinese medicine for the first 3 years in college.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Before I realize that I actually don’t want to put needles in people, and so where my studies will likely take me, or where they were going to take me right before covid times, and where I hope that they will is into medical Chi gong, because I do

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Nyk Danu Yoga: absolutely love this medicine and this philosophy, and this way of

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Nyk Danu Yoga: looking at the earth and the elements and the seasons, and then also how we are a

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and explore. We are a part of that.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So often as humans, we view ourselves as separate from

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the earth and the elements. But we are also

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Nyk Danu Yoga: part of the earth and the elements. We have all of these things inside of us, and this is one of the reasons that I really love.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Tcm thought is that

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the organ itself from inside has, of course, a physical but also a mental, emotional quality to it, and that it is connected to an element into a season. So it’s a very holistic view

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Nyk Danu Yoga: of a way of looking at us as humans

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and our connection to the earth.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So this is one of the reasons that I fell in love with this medicine, and why I studied it for 3 years, and I do include overviews sort of similar to what you just heard, although more in depth

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in my teacher training

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so that people have a bit of an understanding, a little bit, even at least, of of this kind of philosophy.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: But if you don’t have this philosophy.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: you haven’t studied this, then you probably shouldn’t just go Google, where the meridians are and start teaching classes, telling people that you’re doing this practice for the blank blank meridian.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: because that’s an oversimplification, and not very accurate. And again,

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Dr. Karina Smith and I chatted about this

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Nyk Danu Yoga: a bit more in depth in her interview, which is a fantastic interview, so you could check that out if you want to learn more.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I just thought it would be fun.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: as the sort of

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Nyk Danu Yoga: second last episode for the season

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Nyk Danu Yoga: before I take a bit of a break to share a little bit about the summer

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Nyk Danu Yoga: in Tcm. And in Taos thought

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Nyk Danu Yoga: so some key takeaways might be to remember that over summertime it is the most extroverted, the most young of all of the seasons, and so, in order to keep yourself in a state of harmony. You want to balance that out. So we want to balance that out with rest and yin like things. Yin, yoga might be a good choice.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: although I don’t think there’s ever a bad time of year for yen yoga, but I might be biased

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Nyk Danu Yoga: you want to bounce it out with making sure you stay hydrated with your food. And still I know those of you that are really really extroverted that really love summer, and you just wait all year for summer. Don’t forget that you do still need to take some downtime and some alone, time as well.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Right. Even the life of the party occasionally should be quiet and still.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Okay, I hope you found this interesting.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: my little seasonal

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Nyk Danu Yoga: wrap up with summer here. There will be one more episode coming out next week.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: And then I’m going to take a bit of a pause, and then I will be back

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Nyk Danu Yoga: the vengeance and a whole bunch of new episodes.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: So I hope you found this interesting again. If you’re watching this on Youtube, just take a moment to like the video subscribe, and then just let me know in the comments

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Nyk Danu Yoga: what stood out to you, what little nugget that I shared where you’re like, Oh, that’s interesting! Let me know. In the comments below.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and for those of you that are listening.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: Thank you for listening. And again, if you don’t mind taking a moment

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Nyk Danu Yoga: to offer a review, I would be super grateful.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: and until we meet again.

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Nyk Danu Yoga: bye, for now.

 

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