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  The summer seems to be getting more intense as the days are passing by. All of us are seeking desperate measures to escape the heat by keeping our bodies and homes cooler.In one of our last posts we spoke about a few asanas that help you beat the summer heat. In this post, we … Continue reading Asanas to help you cool your body

Yoga for summer

 

The summer seems to be getting more intense as the days are passing by. All of us are seeking desperate measures to escape the heat by keeping our bodies and homes cooler.In one of our last posts we spoke about a few asanas that help you beat the summer heat. In this post, we are sharing some more asanas with you that can help you beat the heat and stay cool this summer.

These are a continuation to the poses featured in Part One in the same series.

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)

  1. Lie on your back with your legs stretched out, arms by your side.
  2. Bend your knees out to the sides and bring your soles together.
  3. Try to bring your soles as close to your hips as possible. At the same time, try to prevent your knees from rising up.
  4. Keep your arms a little away from the body, palms facing up.
  5. Close eyes and breathe deeply.
  6. To make this pose more restorative and cooling, you can use props. Place a cushion under the head, neck and spine for a more intense hip opening pose.
  7. You may also use a strap for more support: Loop a yoga strap around your waist, and then loop the front part between your legs and around your outer feet. Tighten and then get into the pose with legs and knees bent as required.

Benefits:

  • This is superb for opening up the groin, hips and inner thighs.
  • This is very calming and soothing for the back.
  • It is a great pose to perform at the end of a hot day.

Precaution: This pose is not recommended in case of any injury in the knees or groin area.

Viparita Karani (Restorative Inversion)

  1. Use a small cushion or a couple of folded blankets for this pose. Place it 3 inches from the wall.
  2. Sit on the blankets so that your side is against the wall.
  3. Swivel around, supporting yourself with your hands, and lay down, your hips still on the blankets.
  4. Stretch your legs up against the wall, pushing your buttocks as close to the wall as possible.
  5. You may raise your head a little to make sure your torso is perpendicular to the wall. Let your arms rest a little away from your body, with your palms facing up.
  6. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. This can also be done without the blankets.

Benefits:

  • This pose gets blood flowing to all parts of the body, which helps in refreshing and rejuvenating those parts of the body.
  • It relieves tired feet and swollen ankles, and is also great for the lower back.
  • This asana greatly helps with menstrual troubles.
  • This is a very soothing asana, and helps put one to sleep.

Precaution:Caution should be exercised by people who are pregnant, or have high blood pressure.

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

  1. Kneel on the floor and sit on your heels with your knees together, arms by your side.
  2. Hinge forward from your hip and let your forehead touch the floor.
  3. Ease your head forward as you do this; separate your knees a little if it helps.
  4. Remember to keep your sit bones on your heels. Let your back not slouch excessively to move forward, your torso should be parallel to your thighs.
  5. Breathe deeply and get deeper into the stretch with every exhale. Keep eyes closed.

Benefits

  • This is one of the most restorative poses in yoga and is effective in calming the mind.
  • Poses in which the forehead touches the ground are considered very cooling.
  • Gives the thighs, hips, back and neck a good stretch.
  • Increases blood circulation in the head.

Precaution Avoid in case of diarrhoea or pregnancy. It is also best avoided if you have a knee problem.

Supplement these yoga poses with a light diet consisting predominantly of fruits and vegetables for feeling cool inside out. Stress and anxiety also tend to make us feel hot, so try to stay calm, cool and collected so that you can enjoy the best of summer without worry. 

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