Winter is gone and summer is on, so it’s time to beat the heat. So in Yogic activities for Summer, we describe the top Asana, Pranayama, Mudras, food & some useful tips for summer season.
So prepare yourself to kick down the heat and save your precious health from summer-related health issues. Summer season is best for those who want to open up and stretches their muscle. Because summer season easily heats your body, so you have to perform less amount of body warm-up exercise.
Let’s start with simple & easy to perform Asana.
Yogic activities for Summer
This pose is simple to do and excellent for summer season & for beginners also. This pose produces less heat so, it’s good for summer and also simple stretching exercise.
This posture is also good groin stretching exercise. This Asana is done in sitting position. In summer season if you perform this pose, you can easily stretch your groin part.
Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
It strengthens your liver, pancreas, and kidneys also best for your heart. It makes your arms, hands, wrists and shoulders and legs strong. Performing Chakrasana in summers is beneficial for stretching in comparison to winter’s People facing high B.P. problem do not perform this Asana & Surya Namaskar in summers.
Marjariasana (Cat Pose)
This Asana improves your spine flexibility and relieves stress from your lower back. Excellent stress buster and relaxes the mind also.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
Perform this Yoga pose for five minutes after taking the meal. This is the all-time best pose for your digestive system in summer & also in the winter season.
Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
After performing all the Asana and Pranayama, perform Shavasana for relaxing your body, mind, and soul. Shavasana is beneficial in the summer season to relieve stress, depression.
Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep)
If you don’t get ample sleep due to your late night working or stress of work then try the Yoga Nidra.
It is a state of consciousness between sleeping and walking, same as going to sleep. If you perform yogic sleep just for 15 or 20 minutes, when you wake up from this yogic sleep you feel that you’ll take 6 or 7-hour comfortable sleep. That makes you energetic along with relaxes your whole body, mind, and soul. (Shavasana & Yoga Nidra is different from each other).
In Yogic activities for Summer, after performing Asana, Now it’s time for breathing exercises for. Yoga Asanas and Pranayama are the two precious jewels to people for maintaining a healthy life in the yogic and natural way.
Pranayama for the summer season
- Sheetkari (Hissing breath)
- Sheetali Pranayama
- Ujjayi Pranayama
- Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
Above mention, Pranayama is best for beating the heat and makes your body cool in summer. Try these pranayamas for 5 minutes or you can increase its time.
After finishing the season of breathing exercise perform meditation. Remember one important thing that, perform Shavasana & Yoga Nidra after completing the season of Asana, Pranayama, and meditation.
(Don’t perform Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Surya Bhedana Pranayama in summer coz it produces heat).
Now be ready for Mudras (Hand gesture) Here are some handpicked Mudra for the summer season.
Water hand gesture (Jal mudra)
Water is the symbol of cooling. So this mudra is very useful in sunny days. This hand gesture is done while doing meditation. It reduces the heat inside your body by boost the moisture levels.
It is used to control dehydration, dry skin, constipation, cramps, dry mouth, cramps, osteoarthritis, and halitosis.
- Earth Element hand gesture (Prithvi Mudra)
This mudra boosts the earth element apart from that it gives the ability to retain moisture. Increases the earth element and alongside this, the ability to retain moisture. Prithvi mudra control tiredness, acidity, dry skin, high fever.
- Shankha mudra (Conch hand gesture)
In Yogic activities for Summer, It is easy to do mudra, which decreases the fire element in your body along with ups, the air element. For summer season this hand gesture is best to cool down your body. It is also beneficial in high fevers inflammatory conditions and digestive tract.
- Prana mudra (Lifeforce hand gesture)
It is an excellent mudra for calm down your mental frustration and physical heat. Cools down mental anger, physical heat. Prana mudra also beneficial in insomnia, joint pains and dry skin.
Body cooling fruits & Veggies for the summer
watermelon! It contains lots of water and vitamin A and c, that helps retain the moisture. It is also a good antioxidant, antioxidants fight against free radicals that damage the tissue from the inner side. Try this in this summer for cooling effect.
It keeps beta-carotene which creates Vitamin A. Vitamin A fight inflammation from inside your body. Pumpkin is also a good antioxidant also contain lots of water and retain the level of water inside your body.
Lemon Juice/Orange Juice
Lemon and orange juice is commonly used in summer but very effective for you to fight with spiking summer. Both are a good source of Vitamin C that is useful for your eyes, hair, and skin.
In summer, sun rays directly affect your hair, skin, and eyes; so it is awesome for sunny hot days.
With these Yogic activities for Summer, Tea and black coffee both are stimulants, but former is drying, the latter is hydrating. Because tea and coffee contain the excellent amount of antioxidants, which is fast and easily released as soon as it is brewed and it gives you an immediate antioxidant boost (in this tea represents Lemon tea, green tea, Tulsi tea).
You take cucumber in your salads or take it directly with black salt. Take two slices of Cucumber and keep it on your eyes, this will relax your eyes and calms your mind by its cooling nature.
Papaya and Apple
Both are good for summer season. Try to take one Apple every day in your breakfast, and add papaya in your Lunch. Along with you can also use Pine Apple which is also awesome for summer.
It is very rich in antioxidants that it is commonly used as a face pack when it’s in raw form. Avocados contain lutein which is the hydrating element that helps to maintain the moisture. It also contains potassium, Vitamin E and Vitamin k.
Vitamin E maintains the tissue’s moisture and blocks tissue damage (tissue damage cause moisture leaks) and good for skin. Vitamin K helps in tissue repair, maintains tone and integrity.
But the important thing, which makes avocado best and that is, it helps to increase absorption of other minerals and key nutrients that your body wants to maintain proper hydration.
Olive oil is rich in an antioxidant called Hydroxytyrosol That is powerful and maintains the tissue integrity. It also contains oleocanthal which is anti-inflammatory nutrient; it helps fight against the wrong type of heat inside which damage your tissue.
Antioxidants protected the skin’s moisture barrier that means it helps to retain the moisture inside and keeps you cool. Olive oil also rich in Vitamin E that; helps to maintain the tissue moisture. The natural fats in olive oil prevent and preserve the moisture absorption capacity of the body tissues.
Some Important tips for summer
- Eat, drink and be happy that’s the first thing and important thing. Eat means (healthy and balanced meal).
- Drink lots of water this will keeps you hydrated. Carry a water bottle or lemon/ Orange juice to your working place (take lime water with a pinch of normal or black salt but don’t take it in excessive amount).
- Avoid fast food, oily and too much spice in this season (it puts extra loads on your digestive system). In place of these, take fruits like apple, pine Apple, Watermelon or you can also mix these fruits.
- Try to consume large quantities of vegetables, fruits, and yogurt. Along with minimizing intake of non-vegetarian food.
- When you are leaving for outside wear sunglasses, cap and keep sunscreen always with you (Before choosing Sunscreen to check the UV protection).
- Try Sheetkari along with Sheetali Pranayama in the office for 3 to five minutes. It helps you a lot and protects your body from heat stroke.
- Practice Chandra Bhedana, Sheetkari & Sheetali Pranayama more rather than other breathing exercises.
Please try once these awesome yogic activities for summer.
(Beat the spiking heat with cool Yogic activities)