Updated: Aug 30
This summer, learn to lower your body temperature with yoga!
Over-heating in the warm summer sun can often complicate any workout! Yoga, however, can offer a natural & active way to lower your body temperature that also serves as a proper workout. Certain asanas can help to reduce the amount of heat in your body by promoting the release of thermal energy. Additionally, incorporating cooling breath work into your practice also helps to lower your body temperature even further. Here are some asanas that you can incorporate into your summer practice, to help you keep your body temperature in check and avoid overheating.
The Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, is a basic level yoga pose that can be done at any time of day. You do not need to do this pose on an empty stomach, especially if you are only doing this one pose. You should hold the pose for 10-12 seconds, though you can hold it for longer if it is comfortable for you. This pose is good for reducing body heat because it helps to improve circulation and digestion while also calming the mind. To do the Tadasana, stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides. First, inhale and raise your arms above your head, then exhale as you bend forward from the waist, keeping your spine straight. Finally, inhale as you come back to standing. You can repeat this pose as many times as you like.
The Cobra Pose, or Bhujangasana, is a yoga pose that resembles the raised hood of a cobra. It is a powerful backward bend that is best done on an empty stomach so that you can fully expand in the pose. You should hold the pose for 15-30 seconds to reap the maximum benefits. This pose opens up your chest and clears your heart and lung passages. In addition, it improves blood circulation, reduces fatigue, and elevates your mood. If you suffer from asthma, this pose can also help to ease your symptoms. Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned pro, the Cobra Pose is a great way to improve your flexibility and overall well-being, while helping you cool down after a strenuous workout. It calms the mind and relaxes the body.
The Anjaneyasana, also known as the Crescent Pose or Half Moon Pose, is a yoga asana that takes its name from the Hindu god Hanuman. The pose is also called the Half Moon Pose due to its shape. To assume the position, start in a low lunge with your back leg extended straight behind you and your front leg bent at the knee with your foot flat on the ground. Place your hands on either side of your front leg, then lift your hips and torso up until you are in a half-moon shape with your back leg and front leg forming a 90-degree angle. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds on each leg. The Anjaneyasana is an excellent yoga pose for building mental focus and concentration. It also opens up your lungs, chest, and shoulders and balances your body. The pose not only invigorates your digestive system but also energizes your entire system.
The Baddha Konasana, or Butterfly Pose, is named so as the movements in the asana represent a butterfly flapping its wings. It is a relatively simple pose and has a plethora of various benefits for different parts of your body and brain. The asana should be done either in the morning or evening for 10-12 minutes, making sure there is a gap of four to six hours from your last meal before doing the pose. The Baddha Konasana stimulates your heart and makes it pump more blood. Additionally, the pose relieves anxiety and fatigue while being a good stress reliever and removing fatigue from long hours of physical activity. To do the pose, sit with your feet together and pull your heels as close to your pelvis as possible. Use your hand to hold on to your ankles and open up your knees until you feel a stretch. Remember to keep your back straight! You can also do this pose with your back against a wall if you need support. Breathe deeply in this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute before releasing. Repeat 2-3 times for best results.
Do these exercises once a day and even add in some controlled breath work for the best possible results. Make it a routine and soon you'll notice a cooler, more relaxed, and energetic change in yourself!