Here’s a simple breathing technique that has been used for centuries to keep one cool as well as to keep ones’ cool! Stick your tongue out a little ways past your lips and curl the sides of it upwards until the sides touch and create a tube. Breathe in deeply through your ‘tubular tongue’ and out slowly through your nose. Continue to breathe in this manner for 2-3 minutes, then inhale and hold the breath, close the mouth and exhale through the nose. I have read that this breath can lower a fever as well as detoxify the body. Hot flashes anyone?? Give this a shot.
It’s an interesting correlation that as the temperature climbs, so does the crime rate. Go easy on yourself and others. Be kind, stay hydrated, spread your toes and breathe deeply. Tuning in to your body and your practice on both a physical and energetic level, it’s easy to see that burning up is indeed equivalent to burning out. Love your yoga, don’t loose it!!
Lisa Bracken owns and teaches at The Yoga Barn at The Canebrake (www.TheCanebrake.com) as well as at NSU. While writing about fire, she found herself singing the lyrics to that classic Ohio Players song, “Well I can tell by your game, your gonna start a flame…”