The summer season brings long days, intense heat, and bright light. It can be an exciting time with lots of activity which can take a toll on your energy. Don’t forget to take the time to slow down and re-center. You can get the most out of your yoga practice by altering it to be in harmony with the season. Here are a few adjustments you can make to create a refreshing yoga practice for summer:
Focus on the flow of your breath rather than the intensity of your poses. A smooth breath with a complete exhale will relax the body and restore the nervous system.
Begin your practice with a short meditation. Take this time to slow down and honor the source of light within yourself. This will also help set the tone for your restorative practice.
Both supine and seated twists are a great way to relax the spine to further reduce tension in the body. In addition to the relaxation benefits, spinal twists are detoxifying.
Try a simple seated twist: While sitting up straight with legs crossed, lengthen your spine to create a tall seat. Place your right hand on your left knee and gently twist towards the left, reaching your left arm out on the floor behind you for balance. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the opposite side.
Ending your practice in Shavasana will ensure you feel rejuvenated.
Try this version of shavasana to help reduce body heat: Lie down next to a wall. With your tail bone flush with the wall, put your feet up on the wall and then straighten your legs*. This will help bring blood back to the heart. Hold here of a minute, then bring your legs down and turn away from the wall to fully rest in Shavasana.
*An alternate option would be to rest your feet on a pile of pillows.
Live your summer to the fullest by taking the time to restore your body and energy with a relaxing & de-stressing yoga routine.