5 yoga tips to cool off this summer

Summer means different to different people. For example, a yoga practitioner sees summer as part of change. One season flows into another and each one brings its set of changes.

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Tip 1: The secret is in your breath

The next time you’re waiting for a bus or have a few minutes before you rush out for the day, try the Sheetali pranayama.

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Tip 2: Drink up

The more you hydrate yourself, the better. However, this season, besides drinking gallons of fluids, you could include the Sheetkari pranayama in your routine.

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Tip 3: Calm the nerves

When the temperature is hot outside, it’s likely that tempers flare too, you get impatient and tired. That's where Chandrabhedi steps in. This breathing technique has a cooling effect on the nervous system and on the nadis (subtle channels of energy).

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Tip 4: Slow down on yoga poses

Yoga poses practiced gently and meditatively balance the mind and body and are beneficial any time of the year. Shavasana and meditation are especially good in summer.

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Tip 5: Swear by Shavasana

Lie down in Shavasana near a wall – with your feet touching the wall. Raise your legs and rest your feet on the wall.

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