Pranayama And Yoga To Beat The Heat This Summer:
Summers make us sluggish and fitness or working out take a back seat during summer. Maintaining a gyming and workout routine every day is just hard. For people who are interested in workouts, some Summer Workout Plan does the work. Nonetheless, yoga is a simple and effective way of keeping fit, I strongly recommend you give it a try. The following summer yoga and pranayama helps you keep your cool.
Seetkari Pranayama | Sheetali Pranayama | Cooling Summer Yoga:
Seetkari pranayama or sheetali pranayama induces a very cooling effect on the body and naturally lowers the body temperature and is ideal for the summer season, the cooling summer yoga. Since this breathing technique in this pranayama can lower the body’s temperature, one should not be practice sheetali pranayama in the winter season.
Seetkari Pranayama Steps:
- Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position, with the spine straight. Soften the facial muscles and relax the shoulders.
- Gently clench the lower and upper teeth together and separate the lips as much as you can and it feels comfortable, keeping the jaw relaxed and the teeth exposed to air.
- Inhale; the breath from the gaps of the teeth and focus on the hissing sound of the breathe as it moves in. Close the mouth and exhale; from both the nostrils.
- Repeat breathing the same way for 10 20 breaths and then relax and breathe naturally.
Repeat the same for two to three rounds. Then relax.
Balasana / Child Pose:
This summer yoga pose is a very healing pose for the body and mind. It calms the mind and the focus shift into the breath. It releases tension from the spine and the hips. This pose releases all the tension and fatigue the heat of the summer season brings.
- Come on the knees and join the big toes, thighs, and knees together.
- Place the palms on the floor and separate the knees as wide as you can making sure that it is comfortable for you. (Place a bolster between the knees, if your hips don’t touch the ankle and a blanket under the feet if you feel uncomfortable.)
- Inhale; raise the arms up extending the spine.
- Exhale; come forward and rest the torso on the floor between the knees, make a pillow with the palms and rest the forehead on the palms. (If the torso does not rest on the floor take a bolster and place it in the middle and rest the torso on it.)
- Breathing deeply for 1 to 2 minutes. Remember to stay in still and avoid movement while you hold the pose.
- Inhale; raise the arms up and as you exhale lower the arms and release the pose.
This is very important as there is no force, striving or pushing while you are in the pose as we working on just being present to just where you are in the moment.
Simhasana (Lion Pose):
This pose relieves tension from the face and the chest. It works on releasing the entire stress out of the body and relaxes the mind.
- Sit in a cross-legged comfortable position and focus on the breath. Relax the shoulders and the facial muscles.
- Keep the palms on the thighs facing the ceiling and the index finger gently touching the thumb ie chin mudra.
- Focus on the breathe and relax.
- Inhale; deeply through the nostrils, open the mouth as wide you can and stretch the tongue out and exhale from the mouth making a loud sound of HA or roar like a lion.
- Close the mouth and shift the gaze or focus the eyes between the eyebrows.
Repeat the same for two more times and then relax in child pose.