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Hot hazy summer days are here! July 9, 2014
by Linda DiSisto
I just love the warm weather but it can over heat the body and irritate the mind. Bringing me to that funny word “cranky”. At the end of the day I am wanting to cool off and turn off. I have tried the cold shower, standing in front of the fan routine, as well as a cold cloth on my neck. These remedies of reducing body heat feel good but require movement and thought for continued results. Please, please, please, I just want to chill !( no pun intended) So I did a little investigating on how to remedy the heat, from the inside out. Here’s what I found.
1. Drink lots of fluids through out the day
2. Avoid to much coffee, tea, sugar and spicy food.
3. Eat cooling seasonal fruits, veggie’s and yogurt
4. Meditation & breath exercise
5. Cooling yoga poses
The first three are basic common sense suggestions that you may have heard from your Mother or
grandmother. I notice for me that even though I know what I should be doing, I need some reminding.
Lets get to the mediation, breathing and yoga poses.
Meditation for calming irritability that arises with excess heat by
“a place for the heart”.
Take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Allow your body to just
let go. Become aware of any tension in your body and just breathe into that area for a
Now as you take in each breath say to yourself “I am..” and as you breathe out say to yourself “relaxed”, in “I am”….out “relaxed”, “I am….relaxed”
Just allow your mind and body to be peaceful, if thoughts come just let them pass and go back to focussing on your breath, as it now gently flows in through your nose notice the coolness of the air just as it enters your nostrils………….“I am relaxed”…….
now picture yourself in a beautiful meadow, a summer field, surrounded by wildflowers, you can hear birds a little way off and you know that you are completely safe. You can feel the warmth of the sun on your face and body. As you gently lay down on the soft grass and feel supported by the earth and warmed by the sun you know that you have everything you need.
just lie here for a moment and enjoy this wonderful place of peace and calm.
Now when you are ready just breathe a little more deeply, feel the vital flow of energy through your body as you gently come back to the room and continue on with your day refreshed and reenergized, knowing that you can return to your special place of calm anytime you want just by recalling it.
Find this process bit over whelming to do on your own, click here to listen to a guided meditation: http://aplacefortheheart.co.uk/meditation/online-meditations/summer-field-relaxation-meditation/
A cooling breathing exercise:
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.
1. Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue.
2. Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose.
Repeat five to 10 times.
You’ll find your body temperature cooling down.
Calm the nerves:
When the temperature is hot outside, it’s likely that we lose our tempers, 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).
1. With mouth open, clench your teeth and press the tongue against the teeth. Breathe in.
2. 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). It’ll relax and refresh you.
Cooling yoga pose:
After a long day, do you want to unwind in the evening? 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. You’ll find this yoga pose refreshing and restorative. How does this work? Since the heart is pumping out more blood, when the temperature is high, this yoga pose helps the heart by returning more blood back to the heart. (Here we use gravity to bring the blood back to the heart.)
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.
To learn more poses and breathing techniques click here: http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-poses/yoga-in-summer