We may feel like giving up a yoga practice altogether when the temperatures start to sap our energy and mood, but there are heat-defying, soothing ways to keep up.
Start with the breath practice, “nadhi shodhana,” but keep the right nostril closed while inhaling slowly through the left nostril for about 5 to 10 rounds to turn down excessive heat in the body. Be sure to breathe slowly, experiencing the massage of the air flowing through the nasal passage.
Next, try a calming forward bend either seated in your chair or on the floor, and just let yourself hang out there for about 5 breaths.
And if you can’t go for a restorative pose right now, such as “legs-up-the-wall” or a body-temperature cooling Savasana, ( “corpse pose”) try simply sitting back in your chair for a lunchtime yoga nidra (yogic sleep) and envision lying back in a peaceful hammock– rocking back and forth– in your favorite place on the planet: the beach,
your own backyard.
Hope that helps you this summer!