Cool it!

Two (+) yoga techniques for keeping your cool this summer.

It's July, and out here in western South Dakota, it sure has felt like it! When the temperatures start to soar and you need to cool down, try these yogic techniques.


Pranayama


Mudra

Jala Mudra, or Mudra of Water, is a hand gesture that can be grounding and soothing. The pinky finger represents the water element and creating this energetic circuit can help bring a cooling sensation to the body. To perform, gently press your little finger against your thumb (do with both hands). Rest your hands on your lap, facing upward. Hold for several rounds of breath or for several minutes. Focus on the sensation of cooling fluid moving through your body.


Other Ideas

  • Drop into a deliciously relaxing restorative pose (*think Savasana or Legs up the Wall!*) and place a cool washcloth (add a drop of eucalyptus oil) over your forehead and/or eyes.

  • Make a DIY cooling spritzer by mixing 4 drops of rose, lavender, peppermint, or spearmint essential oil to 4 ounces of distilled water in a small spray bottle. Store in the fridge and then use it to mist yourself as needed.

  • Mix up one of these cooling drinks! The Rose Sherbet sounds amazing!

Do you have more natural ideas for staying cool in the summer? We would love to hear from you. Drop your favorite tips and techniques in the comment section!



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