Taking on summer
Cool off this summer with yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. Stay focused, healthy and happy with some simple practices
By FM Bureau
Here are yoga tips. You could choose a favourite yoga tip and practice it regularly or even do all.
The secret is in your breath
Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue.
Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.
Repeat five to 10 times. Youll find your body temperature cooling down.
The more you hydrate yourself, the better. With 70 per cent of water in your body, youd better ensure theres lot of liquid out there. Besides drinking gallons of fluids, you could include the Sheetkari pranayama in your routine. Heres how:
Close the right nostril with your right thumb.
Exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril.
Close the left nostril with your little ring finger and exhale through the right.
Repeat five to 10 times.
(Friendly caution: Sheetkari is not a substitute for water or fluids. Drink up, for sure)
Calm the nerves
When the temperature is hot outside, its likely that we lose our tempers, get impatient and tired. Thats where Chandrabhedi steps in. This breathing technique has a cooling effect on the nervous system and on the nadis (subtle channels of energy).
With mouth open, clench your teeth and press the tongue against the teeth. Breathe in.
Close your mouth and breathe out normally through the nostrils.
Repeat five to 10 times: inhaling from the left and exhaling from the right.
After the pranayama, lie down in Shavasan (Corpse pose). Itll relax and refresh you.
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. After holding the posture for a minute or two, bring the legs down and rest in Shavasana. Youll find this yoga pose refreshing and restorative.
Caution: Those with high blood pressure and back problems should avoid this yoga posture. An easier alternative to this yoga pose is to pile up some pillows and rest your feet on them.
Based on inputs by Sri Sri Yoga teachers: Kishan Verma, Dinesh Kashikar and Kaushani Desai, Ayurvedic Cooking teacher.
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