Article written by Anjali Goel
Yoga in summers? Hard to imagine, right? Doing any sort of physical activity during the summer season sounds displeasing. The thought of scorching heat, constant sweat, dehydrated throat and physical exhaustion can make anyone feel drowsy. Even the presence of Air conditioners, cold drinks, and cold-water showers doesn’t seem to cheer one up. You only receive short-term satisfactions from such things. However, there’s something you must try this summer, i.e., Yoga. Yoga is practiced for various body issues and hence, it can also be used to cool your body down during summers and make you feel refreshed.
According to Ayurveda, there are three Doshas or Energy Levels in the body namely Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Excessive scorching heat results in the disbalance of your Pitta Dosha. It’s a source of fiery energy that is responsible for keeping your body’s heat and metabolism at normal levels. The easiest and most basic way to keep the Pitta Dosha in balance is to drink more H2O i.e. water. You can also consume other hydrating liquids like watermelon juice, coconut water etc. If you add yoga with this small habit, you’ll see yourself way calmer and peaceful than an ordinary person sweating his H2O out under the cruel sun of summer.
Here are some of the Yoga Postures that you can try at your home :
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose) –
‘Vajra’ refers to diamond shape and ‘Asana’ means posture. If there’s a pose which anyone can do easily and can still gain a variety of benefits, then it’s Vajrasana. It helps in maintaining an appropriate amount of blood circulation in the lower abdomen. It also improves digestion.
HOW TO DO IT :
- Sit with your legs stretched straight on the ground. Now, fold your legs and sit on your knees.
- The toes should point out behind you, and your big toes should touch each other at the back. If you are a beginner, you can put a pillow and keep your toes on it.
- Keep your spine, head and neck straight in one line and your hands on your thighs. Try to keep your core tightened. Hold this position.
- If you are familiar with yoga, you can do this asana for 10-15 minutes but if you have just started, you can start with 30 seconds.
- Maintain deep breaths throughout the sitting.
Shavasana (Corpse Pose) –
‘Shava’ means dead body and ‘Asana’ means posture. This posture is just what it’s name signifies, which means that the person acts like a dead body. This asana is often done after the yoga session for rest and relaxation. Shavasana is the best posture in yoga to release stress, depression and anxiety. It’ll surely help you relax in the summer season.
HOW TO DO IT :
- Lie on the ground. You can keep a pillow under your neck if you have neck pain issues.
- Keep your feet at a distance of an inch or two. Keep your hands sidewards. Make sure they don’t touch your body and that your body is relaxed.
- Now close your eyes. Inhale deeply and exhale. Focus on your every body part. From your feet to your head. Leave everything. There should be just you and your body, mind and soul.
- Make sure you don’t sleep. Do it for 15-20 minutes until you feel complete.
Chakrasana (Wheel Pose) –
‘Chakra’ refers to a wheel and ‘Asana’ means posture. Chakrasana is also called Full Wheel Pose and Upward Bow Pose. This Asana increases the flexibility of the body. It mainly opens your chest and stretches your whole body.
HOW TO DO IT :
- Lie on your back. Lift your knees so that your feet land on the floor with a distance of a foot or two from your lower back.
- Place your palms on the floor behind your shoulder. Press into your hands and lift your upper body in the air.
- Do the same with your legs. Maintain this position.
- Allow your head to hang neutral. Hold this position for a minute or half.
- To come back to the ground slowly put your upper body on the floor and then your lower body. Rest for a few seconds.
Marjariasana (Cat Pose) –
‘Marjari’ refers to cat and ‘Asana’ means posture. Marjari asana, or the cat stretch, incorporates the excellent feline stretch in the yoga workout.
HOW TO DO IT :
- Sit like a cat, i.e., on your hands and knees on the floor.
- Keep your arms in a push-up position and your legs should be hip width apart. Look straight ahead.
- As you inhale, raise your chin and tilt your head back, push your navel downwards and raise your tailbone just like a cat. Hold the Cat pose and take long, deep breaths.
- As you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can. Hold this pose for a few seconds before you return to the initial cat-like position.
- Repeat this at least five to six times before relaxing.
Badhakonasana (Butterfly Pose) –
‘Badha’ refers to Bound or Restrained, ‘Kona’ refers to Angle and ‘Asana’ means Posture. This asana is popularly known as Butterfly Pose because the movement of legs in this pose looks like a butterfly flapping its wings. This posture removes the fatigue of a long walk from the body. It also improves the flexibility in the groin and hip region of your body.
HOW TO DO IT :
- Come into the sitting position with your back straight and your legs spread out.
- Now bend your knees and bring together your feet. Your feet should touch each other.
- Grab your feet tightly with your hands. Bring them as close to your genitals as possible.
- Now, start flapping your legs up and down. First start slowly, then increase the speed gradually.
- Do this for a few minutes. Inhale and exhale deeply. Stop flapping.
- Press your elbows on your thighs. Feel the stretch in your inner thighs. Don’t forget to breathe properly. Do this for a minute.
- After doing this, exhale properly and straighten your legs.
We hope that you found this article helpful and will try some of the Asanas the upcoming summer. Thank you for reading.