Yoga Tips to Beat the Heat & Cool Down

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I love summertime for the longer days, being outdoors and the sunshine. What I don’t cope so well with is sweltering heat.

If you are in a heatwave and finding it too hot to handle then try these two yoga tips to cool down.

Avoid yoga poses that tend to build heat like sun salutations, choose a slower pace.

You don’t need to have ever done yoga before to try this, 5 minutes is all you need but feel free to take longer.

Taking time to slow down and relax will help to ease feelings of overheating.

One of my favourite poses is Viparita Karani or legs up the wall pose that you can practice it day or night.

This is a restorative pose, that helps to rejuvenate. If you are tired this may boost your energy.

My 2 Yoga Tips to cool down:

Viparita Karani. You may like to use a blanket or cushion for your head.

Sit with one hip close to a wall, lean into your hands as you extend both legs up the wall until you can lie back on your mat.

Your lower back should be on the ground. If the backs of your legs or back feel strained, move your hips a few inches away from the wall.

You want to feel comfortable without any strain or effort to hold the pose.

Hold for 5 to 10 minutes

When you’re ready to come out of the pose, slowly lower your legs and roll to one side.

Gently come up to seated and give yourself a few moments to note how you feel.

A Cooling Breath- Sithali or Sitkari

Sithali is pranayama- breath-focused exercise that aids cooling down the body.

It’s also useful if you experience hot flushes or a hot temper.

Sit comfortably & close your eyes

Form an “O” with your lips and curl the tongue lengthwise.

Inhale through the mouth as if sipping through a straw.

Close the mouth and exhale through the nose.

Continue 3 to 5 times

Tongue won’t curl? Try Sitkari

With eyes closed & lips separated, bring your teeth together

Inhale slowly through the mouth and focus on the hissing sound of the breath

Exhale through the nose

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For more yoga tips & musings on movement and life, find me on Instagram & Facebook @moniquefryeryoga

 

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