Keep Cool This Summer with a Restorative Yoga Practice

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.

Spinal twists:
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.