Use Yoga To Cool Down Your Body This Summer

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By Brandon Epstein

Summer is here and the heat waves are too. If you have air conditioning, you should be good to go. Turn that baby up and enjoy your little igloo.

The question is, what do you do when A.C. isn’t available?

Whether you are traveling somewhere remote without A.C., enjoying the great outdoors or just straight up don’t have access to A.C., we got your back here at Fitlife.tv.

I have traveled to some pretty remote places with blazing heat and no access to A.C. and my saving grace has always been yoga.

Yes, yoga. I know what you may be thinking. “When you do yoga, don’t you have to move, which makes you hotter?”

Not so fast, my friend. Some yoga poses are super easy to do and can actually lower your body temperature.

Below I have attached a list of my 10 favorite poses, which should help you beat the heat this summer. These are also excellent to do post workout when you want to cool down after a grueling workout.

1. Mountain Pose

It only makes sense to start with mountain pose, the first pose in almost every yoga pose sequence. As you get into this pose, really do your best to focus on your breath and get present. Let all tension in your face, neck and shoulders go. Relax into yourself.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Stand with your feet slightly apart, feeling them rooting into the ground.
  • Keep your arms loosely by your side, but without slouching your shoulders.
  • Keep your back straight with a natural curve in the lower back.
  • Tuck in your stomach and lift your chest a little.
  • Keep your head relaxed, imagining it to be a balloon on top of your neck.
  • Take deep breaths and center yourself.

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2. Fish Pose

The fish pose is great for cooling you down and helping you regain your focus when you get flustered by the heat.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Swing your feet out stretched in front of you and draw your forearms behind you, placing your palms just underneath of your glutes (face down).
  • Point through your toes and lift from the heart as you begin to open the throat to gently release the head back. Again, the crown of your head may come all the way down to the floor.
  • Ground your legs and hands into the mat while feeling the full inflation of the chest on each inhale.

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3. Puppy Pose

The puppy pose is all about surrendering and allowing yourself to cool down.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Lower to your knees and come to a tabletop position.
  • Keeping your lower belly engaged, walk your hands long in front of you and release your heart toward the earth. 
  • Rest for 5 deep breaths.

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4. Child’s Pose

Much like the puppy pose, the child’s pose is incredibly restorative. A few slow breaths in in this pose and you will begin to feel its cooling effects.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Kneel on the floor with your knees together and your buttocks resting on your heels. Keep your back straight.
  • Exhale and bend forward so that your forehead touches the floor. Keep your buttocks on your heels.
  • Either put your arms on the floor far ahead of your head so that your elbows are off the floor, or rest them by the sides of your feet, palms facing up.

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5. Camel Pose

The camel pose is great for alleviating fatigue and helping to relieve mild anxiety. Two things that become super prevalent when you are overwhelmed by heat.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Come to stand on your knees, keeping them about hips-width distance apart.
  • Tuck your toes under to help you feel more stable. Bring your palms to your sacrum on an inhale, exhaling to press the palms into the glutes to push your hips forward and lift through your heart.
  • As you begin to bend back, lengthen through the throat. If this feels good, you can reach for the tops of the feet with the hands and energetically squeeze the shoulder blades together.
  • Hold for 3-5 deep breaths and return your palms to your sacrum to help press you back up. Send your knees wide and sit back on your heels, taking a few moments of rest.

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6. Wide-legged Forward Bend

At first this pose may appear a little demanding, but when you surrender to it fully, you will feel the cooling effects.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Straighten both legs and keep your feet parallel and wide on your mat. Inhale and take a half lift, with your torso long and fingertips to the floor.
  • Exhale to yogi toe-lock your big toes with your two peace fingers and you hinge at the waist to fold forward. The crown of your head may come all the way to the floor.

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7. Flowing Half Squat

The flowing half squat is most effective when you get immersed in the movement, syncing it with your breath.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Inhale to bend deeply through your right knee, releasing your right forearm to the mat as you extend your left leg long behind you.
  • By now you’re turned parallel on your mat. Keep your spine long and on an exhale, bend through the right knee to straighten through your left leg, releasing your left forearm to the floor.
  • Move side-to-side with fluidity.

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8. Standing-Heart Opening Pose

This pose is for pure enjoyment and relaxation. Move slowly and feel how it cools down your body.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and inhale the arms overhead. Exhale to bring your hands to your sacrum.
  • Lift through your heart as you begin to open the throat and tilt the head back.
  • Breathe deeply for 3-5 breaths.

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9. Butterfly Pose

This pose is great for opening up the groin and pelvis. In addition, it’s very soothing. You are forced to focus on one thing, which pulls you out of any heat provoked overwhelm.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Sit on the floor with your back straight and legs stretched out, arms by your side.
  • Bend your knees and bring your heels close to your pelvis.
  • Fold your legs out on either side, touching your soles together.
  • Breathe deeply and with every exhalation, bring your heels closer to your groin. Keep your back erect and gaze straight ahead.

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10. Corpse Pose

The corpse pose is always the last pose of your sequence. Use it to restore your body fully as you complete your cool down session.

Here is the exact protocol:

  • Lie down on your back, arms and legs by your side in a natural, relaxed position, approximately 45 degrees away from your body.
  • Pull your shoulders down and relax your back.
  • Relax your entire body, part by part, starting from the extremities, moving to the arms, legs and then your torso and finally neck and head.
  • Relax the features of your face; leave your mouth slightly open and your eyes shut.
  • Breathe deeply and consciously. Stay this way for 5-10 minutes.

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There you have it, my friend. 10 poses to cool you down during the hottest summer days. Which pose could you try out right now?

Pick one and let me know how it goes in the comments!

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Brandon Epstein

Brandon Epstein

Fat Loss Coach at ZenDudeFitness.com
Brandon Epstein is a former college football player, turned professional fitness model and serial entrepreneur. These days he spends his time helping people look great and feel awesome over at ZenDudeFitness.com. He can also be found hosting the Zen Dude Fitness Podcast where he’s always looking for new ways to make fat loss fun, simple and efficient for everybody.
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