The hot summer months are here and as the temperature rises the risk of summer ailments also increases from heat stroke, dehydration, sunburn, swollen ankles and feet, dizziness, cramps to heat exhaustion. Energy levels also decrease as the mercury rises, making one feel lethargic and tired. (Also read: Best yoga poses for people with diabetes)
Including cooling foods like buttermilk, cucumber, watermelon, coconut water in the diet can help us survive the harsh summer heat. Also, some yoga asanas can lower your body temperature, regulate blood pressure, and maintain your energy levels. Yoga master, spiritual guru and lifestyle coach Grandmaster Akshar suggests some yoga poses and tips for beating the heat.
The yoga expert says incorporating a few simple yoga poses into your early morning routine can be beneficial as this is the best time to reap the benefits of pranayama, meditation, and yoga postures. Intense yoga poses should be avoided in the morning.
Also known as the hand to toe pose, this is a forward bending pose that can help stretch your hamstrings, lower back, and increase your flexibility. Start by standing with your feet together and exhale as you come down through your fingertips and try to reach your toes or palms on the floor.
The second pose is a back bend pose that can be done at a 30 degree angle to strengthen and give flexibility to your spine. Begin by standing straight in Tadasana; raise both hands and as you inhale, gently lean back keeping your head between your arms.
Chakrasana is also known as Wheel Pose and is a back bending pose. After warming up your back with the above two postures, you can then practice Chakrasana. Lie on your back and bend both legs; keep your feet parallel. Now invert and place your palms under your ears, inhale and lift your pelvis, straighten your arms and drop your head relaxing your neck.
Take care of your diet
During the summer months, be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. This will keep you hydrated and prevent fatigue. Also drink plenty of water and add fruit juice to your daily fluid intake.
Practice pranayama and walk in the evening
Pranayama techniques like Sheethali and Shithkari can be practiced around 6 p.m. Also walk especially clockwise and counterclockwise covering 21 laps each side. This will ward off fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression that you may be facing.