How to cope up with this annual ordeal then? How to deal with the host of sweaty problems that comes tagging along with it? Though the human body has a fairly high heat-tolerance level, you can aid the body’s heat regulation mechanism in an efficient manner by slightly altering your lifestyle and habits. Proper summer habits like watching one’s diet, keeping oneself adequately hydrated, wearing loose cotton clothes, minimal makeup, slapping sunblock lavishly on the skin, protective eye gear – all these will help you immensely.
Oh, did I almost hear you exclaim “All these suggestions are hackneyed but nonetheless good enough and I have been following them meticulously. Are there any specific exercises to cool oneself?” Well, yes there are certain breathing techniques (Pranayams) like Sitali (Sheetali) and Sitakari which are especially recommended for summer by Swami Ramdev. Practicing these Pranayams not only cools the body’s core temperature but also the mind, making one feel serene, peaceful and calm in a jiffy. Feeling thirsty and water is unavailable? Don’t despair. Just 5 rounds of one of these two pranayams will alleviate your thirst in no time.
Sitali (Sheetali) Pranayam
Sitting in a comfortable posture, draw the tongue about 1 inch outside the lips, rolled up from the sides to form a channel like a bird’s beak. If you cannot roll your tongue, then let your tongue just touch your lower lip. Inhale or suck in the air through it. After inhaling the air through your mouth, close it; hold your breath and exhale through both the nostrils. Complete required number of rounds.
Inhale by opening the mouth a little, keeping the tip of the tongue touching the lower front teeth and then suck in the air slowly with a hissing sound C C or (Si Si). After holding breath, exhale through both the nostrils. This pranayam helps to control thirst, hunger and laziness.
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