Hatha Yoga is the yoga of sun and moon (Ha and Tha). The goal is to balance the two forces within the body. This theme of balance carries through all Hatha Yoga practice, which includes most of the Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Anusara classes out there today.
For most of us, the natural impulse is actually toward imbalance. When we have a lot of energy, we tend to go do things that take energy or that are energizing. For example, high energy, fire-driven people are often drawn toward sun salutations, inversions and power flow classes. On the other hand, those mellow souls among us are often drawn to yin practices.
In the summer time, we have a more "sun" driven lifestyle. This weekend, most of us will spend a lot of time in the sun. (Some of us undoubtedly too much. Remember to pick up some Aloe!) Our bodies will feel energized, which could lead to an urge to go power through a flow class.
Fight that urge. Try to balance the "Ha" in your life with a little bit of "Tha." This is the attitude of a true yogi -- seeking balance in the chaos. Try these poses for some extra grounding over the holiday weekend and whenever you need them this summer:
Yoga Mudrasana (Psychic Union Pose)
All forward folds calm the central nervous system. (You may guess from this statement backbends stimulate the central nervous system, and you would be guessing right!) Try any forward fold you are drawn to, but yoga mudrasana is my suggestion.