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International Yoga Day 2022: Asanas that lower your body temperature and work against the summer heat

Summer sometimes brings extreme heat, and if you want to lower your body temperature, there are some effective methods. These involve certain yoga postures that can cool you down naturally. Moreover, such yoga exercises have the potential to contribute to your well-being during hot days. In this post, discover some of the most effective yoga postures that can help you during summer and make your life easier.

How to lower your body temperature with asanas

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To reduce your body heat, some tested postures in yoga help. In fact, thermal energy from the body’s metabolic activities is the main factor that causes this heat. Sometimes, due to excessive heat outside and lower water intake, the body heats up to uncomfortable levels that need to be addressed. Certain yoga poses have the ability to counteract the overheating and cool down the body. So modify your daily yoga practice by mastering the following asanas this summer.

Energize with Tadasana

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Tadasana, also known as mountain pose, is a standing posture and the foundation of all other postures in yoga . You can practice this at any time of day and not necessarily on an empty stomach, especially if you are only doing this asana. In addition, Tadasana is basic level yoga and you need to stay in the pose for at least 10-12 seconds. The duration of holding this pose depends on your comfort level. This pose harmonizes your body and mind and reduces fatigue and depression. It energizes and refreshes you, improves blood circulation and calms breathing.

Here’s how you can perform Tadasana by yourself at home

lowering body temperature in summer with tadasana yoga posture

  1. Stand upright and join your feet together, toes touching. Your heels should be only slightly apart and your hands should be placed firmly beside your body.
  2. You need to tighten your thigh muscles. Lift your kneecaps and be careful not to harden the lower part of your abdomen.
  3. Strengthen the inner arches of your inner ankles as you lift them.
  4. Now imagine a stream of white light (energy) running through your ankles, up to your inner thighs, groin, spine, neck and all the way to your head.
  5. Gently rotate your thighs inward. Extend your tailbone so that it faces the floor. Raise your pubic bone so that it is closer to your navel.
  6. Look in line with the horizon and inhale.
  7. Stretch your shoulders, arms and chest upward.
  8. Feel the stretch in your body from your feet to your head. Hold the pose for a few seconds.
  9. Finally, exhale and let go.

Baddha Konasana – Butterfly

Baddha Konasana, also known as the position of the butterfly, gets its name because the movements in the asana represent a butterfly flapping its wings. It is a relatively simple body pose and has a plethora of different benefits for several parts of the body and brain. Do this asana either in the morning or in the evening for 10-12 minutes. However, when doing so, make sure that there is a break of four to six hours after your last meal before doing the exercise. Baddha Konasana stimulates the heart and makes it pump more blood. This tested yoga exercise also relieves anxiety and fatigue. This can be a good stress reliever and eliminate fatigue accumulated from long hours of physical activity. In the video above, you can see how to perform this yoga pose.

Lower your body temperature with Anjaneyasana as a half moon pose

backward bending asana from yoga exercises called anjaneyasana

Anjaneyasana, also called Half Moon Pose, is the body pose that Hanuman from the Ramayana is known to do. Because of its shape, it is also known as Half Moon Pose. Practice this asana in the morning on an empty stomach for best results. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds on each leg. Anjaneyasana builds your mental focus. It opens your lungs, chest and shoulders, balances your body temperature and increases concentration as well as awareness. In addition, this exercise can not only stimulate your digestion , but also energizes your entire body system. Below you will find instructions on how to perform this exercise.

Step-by-Step Instructions Anjaneyasana

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  1. Exhale and step forward with your right foot between your hands, aligning your right knee over your heel. Then lower your left knee to the floor and keeping your right knee fixed, push your left back until you feel a comfortable stretch in your left front thigh and groin. Turn the top of your left foot to the floor.
  2. Inhale and raise your upper body to an upright position. As you do this, swing your arms to your sides and upward, perpendicular to the floor. Pull your tailbone down toward the floor and lift your pubic bone toward your navel. Lift your chest from the firmness of your shoulder blades against the back of your torso.
  3. Bring your head back and look up, being careful not to pinch your neck. Reach up to the ceiling with your little fingers. Hold for one minute, breathing your torso back toward your right thigh and your hands toward the floor, turning your back toes down. With another exhale, lift your left knee off the floor and step back. Repeat with your left foot forward for the same amount of time.

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Ustrasana, also called camel pose, is an average backward bend and opens the heart chakra. Hold the pose in this asana for at least 30-60 seconds. It is recommended to do this exercise either in the morning or in the evening under the guidance of an instructor on an empty stomach. Ustrasana improves breathing and heals the chakras in your body. It improves digestion and heals constipation. This yoga pose supports overall health and wellness of the body. It also improves blood flow to the brain, detoxifies your body and provides more flexibility.

How to lower your body temperature with Bhujangasana (Cobra pose).

practice yoga by yourself at home and lower body temperature with bhujangasana cobra pose

Bhujangasana, also called cobra pose, is part of the Surya Namaskar exercise. This asana gets its name because the pose resembles the raised hood of a cobra. It is a backward bend that must be performed exclusively on an empty stomach.

An empty stomach will allow you to stretch further in the body pose. You should ideally stay in this pose for 15-30 seconds. Bhujangasana opens your chest and helps clear the heart and lung passages. It improves blood circulation, reduces fatigue, elevates mood and relieves symptoms of asthma.

Savasana (dead pose)

Savasana, or the dead pose, resembles a corpse. This asana looks simple, but can prove difficult as it involves completely shutting down the body and mind. Stay in this state for 10-12 minutes, but be careful not to fall asleep while doing so. Savasana relaxes your whole body, completely and comprehensively. It is refreshing and rejuvenating and is great for your mental health and blood circulation. Stress, fatigue, depression and tension disappear when you do Savasana. It helps you focus better and boosts self-confidence. Follow the next steps to perform the exercise:

  1. Lie flat on the floor and make sure there is no disturbance for the duration of the pose. Make sure you are comfortable, but do not use pillows. It would be best if you are lying on a hard surface.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Position your legs so that they are comfortably apart. Make sure your legs relax completely and your toes point to the side.
  4. Your arms should be placed along your body and slightly apart, keeping your palms open and facing upward.
  5. Now slowly focus your attention on each area of your body, starting with your toes. As you do this, breathe slowly but deeply, putting your body into a state of deep relaxation. Do not fall asleep while doing this.
  6. Breathe slowly but deeply. This will give complete relaxation. As you inhale, your body will be energized and as you exhale, it will calm down. While doing this, focus on yourself and your body. Forget about all other tasks. Let go, but be careful not to fall asleep.
  7. After about 10 to 12 minutes, when your body feels relaxed and refreshed, roll onto one side with your eyes closed. Stay in the position for a minute until you sit up.
  8. Take a few deep breaths and notice your surroundings before opening your eyes again.

Benefits of yoga for lowering body temperature

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The yoga exercises listed help reduce your body heat and also provide a complete exercise program with standing, sitting, bending and lying down exercises. In addition, some yoga postures for cooling down can work wonders. Thus, the body temperature can be lowered by working against the heat in a natural way. Thermal energy from your body’s metabolic activity, outside temperatures, and a lack of hydration can cause your body temperature to rise. The exercises described above are easy to incorporate into your daily yoga practice during the summer. These simple yoga asanas with remarkable healing properties are lifesavers. All you need to do is to take enough time to practice them. So for World Yoga Day 2022, get started before it gets too warm outside.