This summer, we are under the influence of some intense astrology. Ways to tap in, harness the power, and balance the body will be shared here.

Let’s start with the Mars retrograde. It happens for 9 weeks (June 26-August 27), and the influence is felt a little bit before and a little bit after the actual dates.

Let’s get curious about our relationship to the Mars archetype, inner warrior, aka the Martian in us—where does our inner warrior take us? Reflect with the prompts, and come back to them from time to time. You might have different responses during different phases of this retrograde cycle.

REFLECTION PROMPTS: How do we initiate things? When are we quick to anger? What are our defenses holding back (holding up)?

DIY Your Experience: Take some time to include cooling body practices. Go for a swim. Do some yin yoga—holding in supported hip releasing poses like pigeon and lizard are especially good. Be super gentle in both because while yin has a cooling aspect, lots of emotions can come up. Process and release them all. That’s where stuff gets hard! This hip-opening sequence is also juicy n’ good for moving through this summer heat.

You can also envision yourself in this fiery summer as if you were in sacred combat for higher purposes—that which serves the greater good. The struggle is real and the struggle is worth it, so use some visualization to play  positive-outcome images.

You might also balance body heat by drinking cucumber water or mint tea.

Attack with grace from all sides, Martian warriors!