Nama-staying Cool as a Cucumber!
During hot summer spells, here are a few suggestions for practicing some “cool” yoga:
- Pace yourself. Perform poses more slowly and take longer breaths per pose.
- Focus on long, cooling breaths. Try inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your mouth.
- End slowly. Be sure to finish with Savasana.
You may wish to try incorporating the following types of poses into your yoga practice:
Twisting poses release excess heat from your mid-section. Reclining Spinal Twist is a good one to try.
Bending forward helps cool the body and calm the mind. Try Standing Forward Bend.
While backbends can invigorate the system and increase heat, a gentle backbend helps release tension. Slowly do Cat-Cow Pose.
Try to avoid these types of poses, which can turn up the body’s internal thermostat:
- Warrior Poses
- Sun Salutations
And drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!