Struggling to get through your second chaturanga without sweat cascading onto your mat? The heat is a beautiful thing for warming up our muscles and inviting us to come to yoga a little more relaxed and sun kissed. However, everything in balance. Too much heat can lead to swelling, redness, sleeplessness, anxiety and sudden rage! Plus, summer holidays mean getting to class is so much harder. So how can we stay cool and maintain our practice in the heat?
Yoga's twin health system, Ayurveda, breaks down our environment and inner-constitution into three types, called 'doshas'. These are kapha, connected to damp, phlegm, heaviness; vata, connected to air, wind, changeability and lightness; and pitta, connected to fire, heat, metabolism and will-power. Summer is a pitta-dominant season, and if we fall into excess here we can 'burn up' and 'burn out'! So, to bring ourselves back to balance, we need to eat, drink and do a little bit of the opposite.
Most of us tend towards one or two of these doshas. If you already have a fair amount of fire in you, though you may love summer, if you start to notice heat symptoms building up, start to adapt your diet and lifestyle to bring more cooling qualities in.
PADA ANANDA | Foot bliss
My feet have been suffering from swelling, burning & pain recently and this frozen water bottle is my new best friend.. anyone that suffers from hot feet or plantar fasciitis - try it out. Freeze a bottle of water and roll your puffy feet all over it.
2. MUKHA ANANDA | Face bliss
Sugar, Mint and Cucumber Face Food
This doubles up as a fun activity to do with your children, a snack and a face-mask. Mash up some peeled cucumber, mint and a tablespoon or so of sugar and massage it gently onto your face to cool your skin, exfoliate and get your cool radiant glow back.
3. ASANA ANANDA
Late night Yin practice
Whether you are on holiday or your family have been up all evening.. in the first week of July I will be posting a collection of my favourite cooling and calming Yin poses for you to do for 1-3 minutes each late at night.
4. PRANA ANADA
Sheetkali / Sheetari