Does the intense heat and humidity leave you feeling lethargic and weak? Is your temper short? With the heat wave hitting the east coast consider how yoga can help you stay cool!
The following yoga poses are designed to cool the body and quiet the mind.
Inversions Click on the links to read full benefits and instruction on how to get into the pose
Savasana My favorite!!!
Enhance the cooling effect of these poses by soaking a rag in water, diluted with grapefruit or mint essential oil. Cool the rag in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and place along the neck or on the forehead.
Cooling off with Shi-tali Pranayama The cooling breath
The practice of Shitali Pranayama, before sunrise, increases memory and intelligence. This Pranayama refreshes the body, mind, and purifies the blood. It removes excess heat in the body and cools the system, thus reducing anger, anxiety, and stress. This is best done in the heat of the summer.
As always, drink plenty of water and be aware of the body .If you feel uncomfortable, stop. Yoga should be steady and joyful and never forced. Enjoy the cooling practice and remember February when we had 40 inches of snow!!!