Summer is HERE and, try as we might, there is nothing we can do about it. Getting into a blazing hot car, sitting down on a metal chair with uncovered legs, walking through the parking lot, getting broiled from above as well as below – none of that is ever fun. By late August, tensions across the state run high.
But the bigger question is: Will getting angry or frustrated change any of it?
So instead of fighting what we can’t change, we thought we’d provide you with 5 things that will help you to survive the summer with a little less aggravation and a little more ease.
1. Change Your Schedule
The hottest hours of the day are between 3pm-6pm, with evenings soon not cooling off anymore. If you find yourself out and about during that time, you are putting your body under additional stress. By shifting your outdoor movement to early mornings, you’ll be able to move with much more ease through the summer.
2. Ayurveda Heat Management Tip: Like Increases Like
Debbie K. reminds us that the more heat we create (warming foods, high levels of exercise, etc), the hotter we will feel. Debbie, btw, is teaching an Intro to Ayurveda workshop and is available for private consultation, if you would like to explore this avenue.
3. Wear cool, airy fabrics
While we can get away with wearing most of our clothing year-round, some fabrics will keep more heat in. In general linens and cottons will be much cooler than man-made materials, so keep it natural, not just for sustainability sake, but for keeping you cool!
4. Pranayama Heat Management Tip: Cooling Breath to the Rescue
Avoid too much temperature fluctuation, but take advantage of it when it’s unavoidable! When leaving “the furnace” and entering a cool room practice a couple of rounds of cooling breath to help your system cool down quicker. Mary Beth has an Intro to Pranayama workshop coming up, if you are interested to learn more!
5. Change your message around heat and sweating
This is the big one. Talking about how much we hate the heat and sweating is often the first thing we reach for, but our brain strengthens those pathways that we use the most. The more we say we hate the heat and sweat, the more we strengthen our brain to hate them. We are literally thinking and talking ourselves into more emotional discomfort. Not only do we create our own aggravation, we also deprive ourselves from sweating, which is a natural and healthy cooling mechanism. And just like learning a new pose or new instrument, changing our message (maybe try “It’s hot out – that’s ok”) will feel awkward at first. It will take uncomfortable repetition. The payoff, however, a calmer, more relaxed, accepting you throughout the summer months. Not a bad deal, I presume.
As always, let me know if you have any feedback or questions about these, you know where to find me! See you on the mat!
Stefanie Sichler, Instructor
E-RYT 200, MC, LPC