Breathe in. Chill out.
I don't know about you, but when it's really hot out (like it is where I am today) it's really hard for me to focus on anything else. It seems like with every exhale, I sweat. It's not a great look. I've increasingly become less and less fond of the heat and humidity, so here are a few tips to keep your mind and body feeling cool as a cucumber this heatwave.
When you feel a buildup of heat in your body, try to practice cooling pranayamas (conscious, deliberate control of the breath). I find this can be incredibly helpful. Shitali (cooling breath) is when you roll your tongue and inhale through your mouth – the air is cooled as it passes through your rolled tongue. Left-nostril breathing will calm you in the heat, as the left nostril is associated with our body’s cooling lunar energy.
Spritz with Rose Water
We all know of the benefits from regular hydration to counter heat, especially in heat of the summer. Since the scent of rose is considered cooling for mind, body and emotions, it's the perfect antidote to overheating. It can be used on your face and body, and even inhaled to relax the spirit. To enhance the effects of this spritz today, I'm going to try chilling some rose water mist in the freezer. We'll see if we come out with popsicles which would totally be perfect, too!
Easy and Purposeful Movement
It can be super tempting to go out and have all-day fun in the sun, but it’s best to avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day. Try a peaceful and relaxing walk in a shady area, light gardening, swimming and gentle yoga. Moon salutations can help keep your practice fun and light with plenty of twists and side body openers. Focus more on your breathwork and meditation than working up a sweat.
Photo credit: Camila Cordeiro