Beat the Heat with Yoga

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

Legs up the wall 

Supported Shoulder Stand 

Reclined Bound Angle 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!!!



About yogabarb

Barbara is a Mom of three boys, yoga instructor and massage therapist. She aspires to live her yoga everyday.
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4 Responses to Beat the Heat with Yoga

  1. I don’t practice yoga (I know, I know … I probably should), but I found this article and its links really interesting. Thanks, Barbara, for writing it. With all that’s involved, however, I guess I’m surprised Yoga Journal doesn’t offer videos for its poses (or at least I didn’t find any). I think they would be really helpful for a newcomer like myself.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. FindingMyUnicorn says:

    “Yoga should be steady and joyful and never forced. ” -> I like that!

    Well over in Cape Town, where I live, it’s freezing cold… do you know of some yoga poses that can warm me up? hehe… xxx

  3. yogabarb says:

    Joe, video clips of the poses on yoga journal is a great idea! Maybe one day I’ll get inspired to do a few video clips!

    Briony, Thanks for the feedback. I love that the blogging world and yoga connected us from so far! Back Bends are great for heating up the body!

    • FindingMyUnicorn says:

      Thanks! Come to think of it, back bends to make my heart beat really fast!

      Yes thats what I love about the blogging world… so glad that I have connected with you too… 🙂 xxx

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