When it’s hot, yoga and its tools are the option to balance the body – Health and Well-being

During the summer season, temperatures are extremely high. Global warming, deforestation, and the lack of rain are some of the factors that influence the great heat waves that have been directly and indirectly affecting all living beings, causing an imbalance in the organism. By the Therapeutic Yoga teachers Gisela Righelato and Lucrecia Righelato.

It is important, in order to maintain healthy and balanced functioning of the organism and physical, mental, and emotional health, to look for options that help maintain well-being. Yoga is a healthy and effective alternative to achieve it.

As the temperatures are high, it is essential to keep the mind calm and relaxed, contrary to having a stressed mind, since it directly influences the body and the discomfort intensifies. To reach that state of calm, here are two important techniques to achieve it:

Sitkari Pranayama (breathing).
Prana = Life energy
Ayama = Control and expansion

Sitkari (stabilizing) breathing is optimal to perform on occasions of extreme temperatures since, when inhaling, the air becomes humid as it passes through the tongue, achieving a refreshing sensation, lowering body temperature and achieving a state of calm in the mind.

Benefits
Refreshes the body, and regulates body temperature
Calms mental activity, reducing harmful thoughts that affect the body.
stimulates digestion
Generates saliva managing to keep the mouth wet by stashing thirst.
Relaxes at the muscular level

This respiration is not recommended to be done in low temperatures.

To perform this breath, sit in a comfortable place, with your spine aligned.

Adjust the navel to avoid rounding the lower back.
Focus attention on the heartbeat; inhaling and exhaling with control, slow and smooth.
Bring your teeth together, open your mouth like a smile, supporting your tongue at the intersection of your teeth and palate, inhale softly and deeply through your mouth, causing a slight whistle, and exhale softly and slowly through your nose. Repeat five to ten times or five minutes total.

To accompany the breath it is propitious to use Mudras. The mudra is a word originating in Sanskrit that means “seal”, they are gestures that are made with the hands and help us transform the energy of the body.

To regulate the operation in hot weather and accompanying the mentioned breath, the mudra to use together with the breath is indicated below.

What is the Matangi Mudra about?
Join the hands at the level of the solar plexus (hole located under the ribs), ring fingers are raised together, touching the fingertips. The others are intertwined, and the intertwined thumbs remain left over right. Maintain this mudra during the breath or it can also be done alone, as needed three or four times a day.

What are the benefits of matangi mudra
Balances the solar plexus area
Strengthens the respiratory drive
Regulates heart function
Relax muscle pain

Both the breathing and the mudra can be performed three to four times a day, as needed, always keeping in mind that these are two possibilities to be performed with control and in a responsible manner.
NdR: Article published in the Educational Material of Icarus Centro de Salud & Longevidad, February 2023, assigned for publication in AIM.

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