Keeping centered during the hot summer days may sound rather difficult, but with these yoga techniques, you’ll be able to do just that.
Keeping your yoga practice cool and calm on the mat is a great way to keep the summer heat from burning you out. Yoga is all about fluidity; the closer you can get to flowing like water, the calmer and more in sync you become. The Asana Sequence brings you to this fluidity naturally. Some poses are held steady while others invoke activity and flow within the poses themselves. Water offers an abundance of qualities when integrated into your sequence. Here are a few yoga techniques that will keep you centered this summer.
- Downward-Facing Simple Seated Pose: Take a few moments to find your way into an easy cross-legged pose. Slowly move your arms forward and extend your torso out over your folded legs. Shift your hands from being extended out to bringing your palms together, bending your elbows, and placing your hands behind your head to your lower back.
- The Ocean Active Pose: In a seated position, place your hands on your knees, palms down. Keep breathing as fluid as possible and slowly begin to churn your spine around the base of your hips. Allow the spine to circulate as well as your head, moving gently as you circle nine times in each direction.
- Drinking-Crow Active Pose: Possibly the most popular of yoga poses, you may want to place a blanket in front of you to cushion your head. Slightly tuck your chin, and lift your bottom off the ground and lengthen your spine. Snug your knees around your elbows, and lower the top of your head to touch the floor gently on the inhale. Exhale as you bring your posterior down and raise your head back to normal crow post.