Five Yoga Aasans for Summers
Yoga is said to have healing properties. Every yoga pose comes with a different set of benefits that not only impacts the body positively but also makes our brain strong.After a chilly winter, we all welcome the warmth of summer.
But the extreme temperatures during this period are a cause for concern. The summers are here now and the scorching heat is taking a dig at the health of many.
In many states of the country, people are witnessing heat waves and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. In such harsh conditions, yoga can make you feel cool and help you beat the heat.
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have the capability to lower the temperature of your body and cool it down. One can modify their daily yoga practice by incorporating the following poses this summer.Thankfully, learned masters of the past have handed down certain yoga poses to cool down.
Yoga has the potential to bring down the body temperature and help you cool off.The good thing is that yoga reduces your body temperature in a natural manner. The thermal energy from the metabolic activities of your body causes body heat. Sometimes, due to excessive heat outside and less intake of water, your body heats up to inconvenient levels, this needs tackling.
To make your summers pleasant, try these simple yoga poses:
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)
- Simhasana (Lion Pose)
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose):
Tadasana serves to be the foundation for follow-up poses. In Sanskrit, ‘Tada’ means ‘mountain’ and ‘asana’ means ‘pose’. Hence the name, ‘Mountain Pose’. It is an ideal pose for those with weak back muscles and rounded backs as it can help restore the body’s natural alignment. Children are often suggested to practise this asana and it can help in increasing the height. This asana can also help improve posture.
It is a standing pose and the basis of all the other poses. It can be practiced during any part of the day and not necessarily on an empty stomach, especially when you are doing only this asana. Tadasana is basic level yoga, and you have to stay in the pose for at least 10-12 seconds. The duration of holding on to this pose depends on your convenience.
Benefits: Tadasana harmonizes your body and mind and reduces dullness and depression. It energizes and refreshes you, improves blood circulation and steadies breathing. To know more about the pose and how to do it, one must get in touch with a certified practitioner.
2. Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)
Baddha Konasana is known by various names such as Bound Angle Pose, Butterfly Pose. Historically, it was known as Bhadrasana or Throne Pose. This is because it is a seated asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise. If the knees rest on the floor, it is suitable as a meditation seat.
Baddha Konasana, also known as the Butterfly Pose, is named so as the movements in the asana represent a butterfly flapping its wings. It is a relatively simple pose and has a plethora of various benefits for different parts of your body and brain. Do this asana either in the morning or evening for 10-12 minutes. Make sure there is a gap of four to six hours from your last meal before you do the asana.
Benefits: Baddha Konasana stimulates your heart and makes it pump more blood. It also relieves anxiety and fatigue. It is a good stress reliever and removes fatigue from long hours of physical activity. To know more about the pose and how to do it, one must get in touch with a certified practitioner.
The Lion Pose or Simhasana is a well-known Hatha Yoga asana. Its name is derived from two Sanskrit words, ‘Simha’ meaning lion and ‘Asana’ meaning pose respectively. Simhasana is a strong seated asana which requires a strong breathing technique and energetic exhalation.
Simhasana is known as the destroyer of all diseases. The asana represents a roaring lion. It is quite an easy and comfortable pose and takes about 30 seconds to do. It is recommended to perform it in the morning on an empty stomach.
Benefits: Simhasana relieves tension in your body, specifically on the face and in the chest. It improves blood circulation in the face and keeps your eyes healthy. It also keeps a sore throat and bad breath away. To know more about the pose and how to do it, one must get in touch with a certified practitioner.
4. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose):
Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose is a reclining back-bending asana in Hatha Yoga and modern yoga as exercise. It is commonly performed in a cycle of asanas in Surya Namaskar.
Bhujangasana, also called the Cobra Pose, is part of the Surya Namaskar exercise. It gets its name because the pose is similar to the raised hood of a cobra. It is a hardcore backward bend that needs to be done strictly on an empty stomach. An empty stomach enables you to expand more in the pose. One should ideally stay in this pose for 15-30 seconds.
Benefits: Bhujangasana opens up your chest and helps in clearing the heart and lung passages. It improves blood circulation, reduces fatigue, elevates your mood, and eases the symptoms of asthma. To know more about the pose and how to do it, one must get in touch with a certified practitioner.
5. Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
Shavasana, also known as Mritasana, is an asana in Hatha Yoga and modern yoga as well. It is often used for relaxation at the end of a session. It is the usual pose for the practice of yoga nidra meditation.
Shavasana, or the Corpse Pose, resembles a dead body. The asana looks like an easy one but may turn out to be tough because it involves complete switching off of the mind and body. Stay in Shavasana for 10-12 minutes, but be careful not to fall asleep while doing so.
Benefits: Shavasana relaxes your entire body, wholly and comprehensively. It is refreshing and rejuvenating and is great for your mental health and blood circulation. Stress, fatigue, depression, and tension all vanish when you do the Shavasana. It helps you to focus better and improves self-confidence. To know more about the pose and how to do it, one must get in touch with a certified practitioner.
These five poses help in reducing your body heat and also provide a full workout regimen of standing, sitting, bending, and lying down exercises.