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Beat the Heat and Bloom: Embrace Yoga in Summer

Summer brings sunshine, longer days, and a chance to soak up the vibrant energy of the season. However, the scorching heat can lead to lethargy, dehydration, and increased stress levels. Yoga is a holistic practice offering numerous physical and mental benefits. During the tiring Indian summer, yoga can help keep you cool, healthy, and energised.

Why Yoga is Your Perfect Summer Companion

Yoga goes beyond just physical postures. It's a mind-body practice integrating movement, breathwork, and meditation to promote overall well-being. Here's how yoga can be your perfect summer companion.
  • Cooling Down: Certain yoga postures, known as "cooling asanas", help regulate internal body temperature. These asanas focus on forward bends, twists, and stretches that improve circulation and promote sweating, the body's natural cooling mechanism.
  • Boosting Hydration: Yoga postures that massage internal organs, particularly the digestive system, can improve nutrient and water absorption. Staying adequately hydrated is crucial during summer to combat fatigue and overheating.
  • Stress Reduction: The summer heat can exacerbate stress levels. Yoga incorporates mindfulness and breathing techniques that promote relaxation and inner peace, helping you manage stress effectively.
  • Increased Energy Levels: Gentle yoga stretches and mindful movements can improve blood flow and oxygen circulation, leading to increased energy levels and a sense of rejuvenation.
  • Improved Sleep: The calming and meditative aspects of yoga can promote better sleep quality, essential for overall well-being, especially during hot summer nights.

Asanas for a Summer Glow: Your Yoga Guide

Now that you know why yoga is a perfect summer companion, let's explore some specific asanas ideal for the hot season.

Cooling Down Poses

  • Balasana (Child's Pose): This gentle posture promotes relaxation and internal cooling. Sit back on your heels with your forehead resting on the ground and arms outstretched.
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog): This invigorating pose improves circulation and stretches the entire body. Start on all fours, then lift your hips up and back, straightening your legs as much as comfortable.
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend): This forward bend cools the body and calms the mind. Sit with your legs extended and gently fold forward, reaching for your toes or shins.

Hydration-Boosting Poses

  • Jathara Parivartanasana (Supine Spinal Twist): This twist massages the internal organs, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption. Lie on your back with your legs bent, then gently twist your lower body from side to side, keeping your shoulders grounded.
  • Marjariasana-Bitilasana (Cat-Cow Pose): This dynamic flow improves blood flow and circulation throughout the body. Start on all fours, arching your back upwards (cow pose) and then rounding your back inwards (cat pose) as you inhale and exhale.

Stress-Reducing Poses

  • Savasana (Corpse Pose): This restorative pose allows for deep relaxation and stress release. Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides and palms facing up. Focus on your breath and allow your body to unwind completely.
  • Shavasana with Cooling Visualization: While in Savasana, visualise cool, refreshing images like gentle rain, a calming waterfall, or a peaceful ocean breeze washing over you.

Listen to your body and adjust the intensity of your practice according to the heat and your comfort level. Don't hesitate to take breaks and hydrate frequently throughout your session. By incorporating these cooling, hydrating, and stress-reducing yoga practices into your summer routine, you can beat the heat and cultivate a sense of inner peace and well-being. So, unroll your yoga mat, embrace the sunshine, and let yoga guide you towards a summer filled with health and vitality!

If you want a deeper understanding of how yoga helps you in the summer, stay at Gamyam Retreat in Kumta. This wellness resort prioritises Ayurveda and preaches yoga. With six types of accommodations, you will be spoilt for choice, and you can treat yourself to delicious food at the in-house restaurant. Take a look at our irresistible packages before you make your booking.

For your next read, we suggest 10 Benefits of Yoga.