Although summer is officially over, YogaHub Cebu can still help you get into the groove of things by giving you these five yoga asanas that remind us of the season. I am sharing these poses to help you retain the feel of the sun on your face and perhaps the sea breeze on your skin.
The Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
Just by the name of this series of yoga asanas alone, you can already guess why it still gives us the summer vibes. If you are really committed to doing your practice, you can do these sun salutations even at home. You can either follow a video or you can commit these poses, which flow from one asana to the other, into mind.
Below are the poses that make up the sun salutation series, which is already a complete practice if you wish to do only these as you wake up in the morning:
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Arms Forward and Up Urdhva Vrikshasana
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Plank (Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana)
Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
To optimize the benefits of the sun salutations, you should do five breaths for every pose. Once you are done doing five breaths with your downward facing dog, go back to low lunge, then to your standing forward bend before finishing the sequence with the mountain pose.
The Dolphin Pose
An adorable aquatic mammal, dolphins always make me think of summer and the beach. Dolphins also make me think of the asana of the same name that brings a great number of benefits to our bodies. This yoga asana is good for fatigue, head and pack pains, stress, menopausal symptoms, asthma, flat feet, high blood pressure, and sciatica.
As the dolphin pose is great at helping you deal with insomnia and tiredness, it is actually a very good asana to perform during mornings and evenings. If you also wish to make your abdominal and muscle arms stronger while soothing your anxiety or depression, you can also transition from doing the dolphin pose into a dolphin plank pose.
The Firefly Pose
Fireflies usually come out during summer nights. This is why these nocturnal lighting bugs always represent summers for me and make me think of the firefly pose. Although this is one of the advanced yoga asanas, this pose is best for making your arms and wrists stronger as well as in improving your balance. It is also good in opening your shoulders and strengthening your abdominal muscles.
If you do not know how to do this particular pose though, it is best if you will learn it at the studio before you attempt to do it on your own.
The Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana)
Summer nights are great for camping, bonfires and marshmallows. They, in turn, make me think of the fire log pose. In doing this yoga asana, which is meant for you to feel the burn right at your hips, you should ensure that you are doing steady and long inhales and exhales. This will help you keep an open mind and will let you do the pose correctly.
When done right, the fire log pose can open and stretch your hips as well as your buttocks and groins. It can also stimulate the organs in your stomach and strengthen the muscles of calves and legs. As it aids in calming your mind, you can be assured that it will also help relieve stress, tension and anxiety that you might from the daily pressures of life.
The Full Boat Pose (Navasana)
Going on boat rides is one of the best activities you can do during summer. You can go island hopping or just take in the amazing bounties of the seas and feel the fresh summer air. These boat rides also remind me of the full boat pose or the Navasana. This pose is very good in strengthening your core muscles, allowing you to get great abs that are perfect for showing off in your favorite summer outfit.
So, let’s all have fun this summer while committing ourselves fully to our yoga practice. If you have other yoga asanas in mind that reminds you of summer as well, share them with us on our Facebook page or during our chats after class. See you on the mat.