Summer is hitting boundaries and sixes and it’s time to take care of your health and feel energetic. Summer is the time to put your woolens away and put your cotton on for dressing up in lighter shades of yellow, white and blue. It also means you keep yourself well hydrated and protected from the heat. Summer is also the best time of the year to practice yoga. Our muscles are comparatively warm in this season so they are easier to stretch and relax during the summer. Also, as we practice yoga during summer, we perspire more which is good to get rid of the toxins from the body and open the filled pores of our skin. A girl must keep her lifestyle good and healthy during the summer season. The yoga during the summer makes the skin bright and radiant with a long-lasting glow. International Yoga trainer Vibha Pranaam who is the founder of Trance Yog Fitness in London, United Kingdom suggests us the 9 Yoga Aasanas all the girls must do this summer to keep oneself fit and healthy are:
Place your right leg over your left thigh and left leg over your right thigh. Bring your feet close to your groins. Straighten your spine. Keep a mudra (Gyan Mudra: the first fingertip touching the tip of your thumb) and both the hands resting on the respective knees. Keep your spine straight. Stay steady with focus on the even breath. Practice it with closed eyes for better benefits of the asana. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.
2. Janu Sirsasana:
Sit in the position of Dandasana (extended legs in front). Bend your right leg, press the sole of your right foot against the inner thigh of left leg. Exhale stretch and fold forward, grasp your left foot. Rest your fore-head, chin on your knees or you can use a cushion to support your fore-head to rest on. Stay steady with normal focused breathing. To come out of the asana, inhale and gently roll up. Repeat on the other side, by alternating your legs. Duration: 1 to 3 minutes, on each side.
Sit in Dandasana. Inhale and raise your hands upwards and lengthen your spine. Exhale and stretch forward and hold your feet or big toe. Loosen your shoulder, rest your chest on your thighs and your head on your knees. Close your eyes and just relax. Stay steady with focused breathing. To come out of the asana, inhale and gently roll up. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.
From dandasana, bend both your legs and come to kneeling position, sit on the heels with the calves beneath the thighs. Stretch your lower legs backward and keep them together. Your big toes should cross each other. Let your buttocks rest on your heels and your thighs on your calf muscles. Spine erect, place your palms on your knees and gaze forward, eyes closed. Stay steady with normal focused breathing. Duration: 1 to 8 minutes.
5. Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose):
Adjust yourself into table-top position (Come on the floor on your hands and knees), palms in a line of your shoulder, knees in a line of your hips, feet flat on the ground. Gently, walk with your hands out as you drop your chest down towards the floor, rest your forehead or chin on the floor. Keep hips in a line with the knees and arms shoulder-width apart. Stay steady with normal focused breathing. Duration: 1 to 3 minutes.
6. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog):
Adjust yourself into table-top position (Come onto the floor on your hands and knees), exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. Keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted from the floor. Lengthen your tailbone. Lift the sitting bones up towards the ceiling. Palms grounded onto the floor with figures spread. Gently push chest in towards the thighs. Stay steady with slow focused breathing. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.
Sit in Vajarasana (sit on your knees with the legs stretched backward). The big toes will cross each other while heels parted from each other. Lower your buttocks in such a way that your heels touch the hips. Place your hands on the thigh, keep the arms straight and Inhale, raise them parallel to the thighs and further, above the head. While you exhale stretch and fold forward from the trunk, straighten the spine and rest your forehead onto the floor. Close your eyes, stay steady with slow focused breathing. To come out of the asana, Inhale slowly raise the arm above the head, while exhale bring the arms down. Duration: 1 to 5 minutes.
8. Viparita Karni or (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose):
Come in supine sleeping position, hands by the side of your hips, palms facing the floor, inhale slowly raise both the legs to a 90-degree angle from the floor. Raise your waist and hips from the floor and take the legs back over the head. Place both the hands below the waistline to support and straighten the legs. Toe pointed to the ceiling. The trunk of your body should be at 45-degree angle from the floor. Steady gaze your toes and stay the asana. Stay steady with slow focused breathing.
9. savasana (Relaxation):
Lie down on your back and relax your body and mind to gain the benefits of this asana. During this pose, close your eyes, breathe naturally, and practice eliminating tension from the body. Experience your inner self with closed eyes and focus. Ideally, this posture lasts for 10 to 25 minutes. However, even a few minutes of Savasana is said to have powerful benefits.
Yoga is good for health but it is good for health even in summer! Go ahead with the above-mentioned yoga asanas to beat the heat. For any query related to yoga, feel free to contact Vibha on her website Trans Yoga Fitness or send her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.