Yoga For The Summer Months : Soothed in the City
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Yoga for the Summer

Yoga For The Summer Months

Stay cool and calm: Yoga for the Summer

 

by Kirsty Gallagher of www.kirstygallagher.com

 

With the temperatures rising over the summer months it is easy to start to feel a bit hot and bothered (anyone who has travelled on London tubes in the heat of summer will know what I mean! : ) Even a blissful day on the beach can leave us feeling a bit frazzled by the end of the day! To keep you in your calm COOL yoga zone here are my 5 tips to stay cool this summer: yoga for the summer if you like!

 

1) Shitali pranayama – the word shitali means cooling and this breath does just that!
Stick out your tongue curling the sides in towards each other to create a tube. Now inhale through the tube in the tongue then exhale through both nostrils. Continue this for around 10 breaths to calm the body and cool the mind.

 

2) To balance and cool all the fiery solar energy that surrounds us over summer include some soothing moon salutations into your yoga practice. If you still want to practice sun salutations try them first thing in the morning before the heat of the day and slow down the movements right down.

 

3) If your nerves are feeling sizzled and frazzled start a daily meditation practice. Just a few moments at the end (or beginning) of each day sitting and breathing in silence will make a huge difference to your nervous system and day.

 

4) Include lots of side bends, twists and forward folds into your practice. Rather than rush through anything choose just two or three poses and savour a few moments in each focussing on long deep cooling breaths to allow the whole body (and mind) to fully relax…and cool down!

 

5) Discover yoga nidra! There could truly be no better way to fully relax the body than by indulging in a deeply relaxing yoga nidra. If this just isn’t for you then make sure you take plenty of time in savasana. You could even try doing this with your legs up the wall in viparita karni for the ultimate calming, soothing and cooling place to be!

Kirsty Gallagher is an International Yoga Teacher, barefoot dreamer, free spirit, adventure seeking traveller and pursuer of happiness. She teaches regular workshops and retreats in the UK, Europe and beyond.  For more information visit her website www.kirstygallagher.com

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