Summer can be hot!
Does the heat stop you from keeping up with your yoga practice?
Yoga can help you stay cool. There are certain yoga poses, or asanas, that help release heat where it tends to accumulate in our body. Our mid-section of the body is easily effected by heat, these poses are cooling and detoxifying for the digestive system and organs plus they will prevent excess heat from moving upward in our body.
Try these yogic poses to reduce that extra summer heat.
Spinal twists help cool the blood and release excess heat from mid-abdomen, including the small intestine and liver.
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Spinal Twist)
- Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Spinal Twist)
Gentle back bends apply beneficial pressure to release tension and dissipate excess heat from the mid-abdomen.
- Bujangasana (Baby Cobra)
- Matsyasana (Fish)
- Bandhasana (Bridge)
- Chakravakasana (Cat-Cow)
Forward bends physically cool the body and calm the mind.
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
- Padottanasana (Standing Open Leg Forward Bend)
- Paschimottasana (Seated Forward Bend)
- Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Sitali Pranayama for emotional, mental or physical heat relief.
- Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue.
- Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.
Repeat five to 10 times.
So on those super hots days be mindful and gentle by pacing yourself during yoga practice.
A good time to practice is in the morning when the weather and your body are naturally cooler plus best to avoid practicing in direct sunlight.
Thank you for taking the time to read my article and I hope you will give any or all of my sharings a try. Here’s to keeping cool and balanced all summer long!
Blessing and Gratitude