Summertime and the living is easy…right? Well, for the 1% lucky to be sipping coconut water on the beach perhaps. If you're like me and most New Yorkers, summertime doesn't slow you down from working and moving. The heat and humidity of summertime mean living is sticky, stinky, not pleasant, and hardly easy.
Here are a few tips on how to not only survive the August heat but thrive in it:
Practice yoga with the sunrise
The best time for your asana practice is the earliest part of the day before the sun heats everything up. I call this the golden hour of practice because our bodies are the most honest and our minds are the most malleable.
I teach sunrise classes at Lucky Lotus in Fort Greene M/W/F 7am T/Th 830am
I will be offering a by donation 6:30am yoga class Thursdays in Fort Greene Park starting August 6th for the month of August. (Suggested donation $10)
Water your plants and water yourself
Watering your plants early in the morning before the sun rises or after the sun goes down will not only quench the thirst of your plants but will cool down your body and mind.
It'll also remind you to hydrate which you're already doing right? Stick with room temperature water to stoke your digestive fire. Infuse with fresh cucumbers, mint, and or lime, all of which cool down the body.
Sprinkle a few drops of peppermint oil in your morning shower to open the senses and cool the mind. End your shower with a few seconds of cold water. Hydrotherapy is invigorating and will wake you up for sunrise yoga no problem. ;)
Breathe and Restore
Get plenty of rest. Take a nap during the day if you need to. The body can only heal itself when it's had enough rest.
Breathe. Long. Deep. Breaths. My favorite summer breathing exercise: Sitali Breath is a cool down breath and perfect to do when you're feeling physically or emotionally overheated. I try to include it at the end of every yoga class. To practice sitali, roll the tongue and sip breath in slowly through a rolled tongue, retain breath, and exhale out the nose. Try to do at least 10 rounds to cool the nervous system down. A perfect practice to do before savasana or when your lying in bed.
Restorative yoga and pranayam are wonderful to include in your evening sadhana. Turn off electronics and bathe in the moonlight with me Tuesday evenings in August in Fort Greene Park, 8:30pm-9:15pm. Suggested donation ($10)