by Jenniferlyn (JL) Chiemingo
I love the summertime. I was born in July and to me – summer means being barefoot, walking on beaches and swimming in the water. All these elements connect me to ME. They ground me and make me feel alive too! I remember, growing up in New England, summers where I never wore shoes at all. I didn’t know it then, but maybe as a child I felt connected, safe, and in my body. I spent fall in running shoes, winters in boots, spring in rain boots. But summertime, ahhh, meant freedom.
In my late 20s, I discovered yoga thanks to my mom and best friend. I’d always thought it was just stretching. As a person who loved moving my body in exercise, I worried it would not be enough for me. But just the idea of returning to movement and without shoes, somehow felt like coming home.
Yoga is like coming home, to yourself. In the yoga sutras the fourth Niyama (part of the 2nd –of 8- limbs of yoga) is svadhyaya or self-study. Svadhyaya comes from the root sva or “self.” Adhyaya means study or education. And what better way to understand yourself then to move and meditate.