All sorts of things can throw us out of our sense of comfort, and the weather is no exception! This can affect our energy, mood, appetite, sense of concentration, etc (there is a reason a siesta is popular in hot climates!). So if you are struggling with the hot temps, reflect on whether you are trying to carry on as you would in cooler times and “soldier through”. Perhaps you need to acknowledge the messages your body is giving you, and invite some temporary alterations to your lifestyle. Simple changes could include better hydration, smaller portions and lighter foods. Clothing choice is also important for comfort. You could even fill a spray bottle with water to mist yourself throughout the day! Where possible, work schedules could be altered to give you a rest in the heat of the day and shift work to cooler hours.
Our yoga practice can also change with the weather. We can pursue gentler, more restorative practices, and Pranayama such as Sitali to cool and refresh us.
Accommodations- on and off the mat- should reflect your connection with your body and mind and how best to nurture healthy balance. Be well!
Ruth is a yoga therapist and yoga teacher based in Cheltenham, UK. She emphasises yoga as a tool for well-being, for individuals and in her classes, in person or via zoom.