“It is summer, let mind dances like the waves with the music of ocean breeze.”
As we adapt to the hot season by repositioning our lifestyles to acknowledge the power of the fiery summer sun, we can mirror this on our Yoga mat as well: highlighting cooling, nourishing practices that keep our energy reserves filled for the summer fun.
Yoga is a healing art, a medicine that helps us balance nature's cycles. However, like any medicine, if not taken responsibly, it can do more harm than good. As we adapt to the hot season by not wearing heavier garments, we can adapt our Yoga practice too, during the fiery days of summer.
Make sure that you are well hydrated before you unroll your mat. Wear something light and that is loving to our skin. Our pores are more open when hot and sweaty and we don’t want to invite the chemicals from textile dyes into our bloodstream. It is also important to prepare your practice space – air it out before you begin and make sure it’s as cool as it can be without using air conditioning.
Choose a slower pace. If you feel a shortness of breath, slow down or relax in child's pose. Observe your breath. It has the power of cooling the body down when needed. Exhale through the mouth three times whenever you feel the need to during the practice; this has a calming, cooling and grounding effect.
Be mindful about choosing a longer restorative sequence at the end of your practice. Twists are good to detox but choose the ones that are not too challenging as these will again build heat in the body. If you like to work your core... choose wisely!
As we finish with style and grace, avoid long sirsasana [headstand]. Instead, stay longer with your legs up against a wall to release that summer heaviness. If you practice sitali pranayama, do three breaths to cool down before savasana. A longer savasana - 5/10 minutes at least - allowing the body to cool and soften is always a way to love yourself on the mat.
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