Tips: Practice in a cooler, darker environment with a more passive attitude without expectations, competition, or judgment. Use soft, calming music. Keep your gaze down and work at 70% with moderate holds. Postures close to the ground provide coolness and stability.
Pranayama: Shitali, Sitkari and Chandra Bhedana - to refresh the body and reduce excess heat, stress and anxiety.
Pratapana (warm ups): Slow, controlled movements with breath - to relax the body and calm the mind.
Meditation: Cool visualization and mantra meditation.
Moon salutations instead of sun salutations.
Gentle backbends: cobra, boat, fish and bridge poses all support your thyroid gland which regulates your body’s temperature.
Wide-legged forward folds and legs up the wall cool the body down.
Seated or supine twists help flush out excess heat from the torso.
Longer savasana as you focus your attention on your navel and solar plexus area.
Sign of Successful Practice: You feel cool, refreshed, at ease and relaxed. Your mind and senses feel clear and any emotional irritation and tension is released!