Excessive heat in hot weather can weaken our body if we do not pay attention to the sensations that cause us, and how they affect us (hotter body, faster mind
As for the practice of yoga, it is also important to be aware of the heat and how it affects us, in order to eliminate those postures and stretches that may harm us and our condition, and incorporate those that may benefit us and help us feel fresher.
Yoga postures that we should avoid when it is hot
The postures that we will name next tend to increase our body temperature, so we will try to avoid them:
1.- Anahatanasana (version 1)
In this small variation of the moon, we should try to move slowly, with purpose and enjoyment.
We will start in mountain position (tadasana) and we will carry our arms above the head as we slowly inspire.
We will expire as we lower our arms and bring our hands to the sacrum. Keeping the hands resting on the sacrum, we will raise the chest, open the throat and bring the head back.
We will maintain the posture for an average of 3-5 breaths.
As we expire, we will leave our palms relaxed and looking up and we will tilt the upper part of the body towards the ground. Make sure the neck remains relaxed and your feet are rooted right below you.
Hold the posture for 5 deep breaths.
3.- Prasarita Padottanasana
Separate the feet (as in the picture) keeping the legs straight and the feet parallel to each other (pointing forward). As we breathe in, we will lean forward with the torso until we touch the ground with the tips of our fingers.
Then, as we expire, we will descend the torso to little more and we will take the big toe of each foot with the index and middle fingers of each hand (it is possible that the crown of your head will touch the ground).
These types of postures (inclinations with open legs) help to release the back, neck and shoulders completely.
4.- Anahatanasana (version 2)
Stand on your knees and in a table position. Keeping the lower part of the belly contracted, bring your hands forward and bring your chest to the ground.
Rest in this position for 5 deep breaths (more or less).
Extend the feet in front of you and place the forearms behind you (placing the palms just below the buttocks face down).
Point the toes outwards and extend the chest upwards as we open the neck and slowly release the head so that it goes down (maybe in this case the head ends up in contact with the ground).
Press the ground with your legs and hands while you feel the inflation of the chest with each inspiration.
This position helps to re-establish our concentration after the hard work that we are supposed to make these postures.