With the summer months finally arriving, you may start to feel like every class is a hot yoga class. Heat can be invigorating and detoxifying, but it can also be draining. If the rising temperature is hampering your summer practice, here are a few simple ways that you can beat the heat.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
This is at the top of the list for good reason. The most important thing for staying healthy in the heat is keeping hydrated. You should be drinking water before, during, and after class, even if you don’t feel like you’re sweating much.
- Eat hydrating foods and avoid caffeine.
Drinking caffeinated beverages won’t help you hydrate. Try to stick to one or two cups of coffee or caffeinated tea per day. And when you choose a snack, consider fruits like pineapple and strawberries, which are packed with water.
- Trade in your pants for yoga shorts.
If you’re used to wearing pants to every yoga class, shorts can feel like an odd change, but they’re worth a shot. Chances are you’ll love being able to feel the breeze on your legs. Just remember to go for yoga shorts that have the coverage you need for inverted and wide-leg poses. Try the Jojo short or the Jamie short for style and comfort.
- If you don’t do shorts, try summer yoga pants instead.
Maybe shorts just aren’t for you. That’s your call. If you want to stick with pants but also want to cool down, try something with a little breathing room. The Chrystie drawstring, for example, is three-quarters length for added style and breeziness. The 87% organic cotton will keep you cool, and the 13% spandex will ensure that your pants move with you.
- Incorporate more breath work in your practice.
One great way to cool your body is through deep breathing. Breath work pulls moisture into your system and helps your body cool down naturally after a tough sequence.
- Strip down.
If you’re at home, you always have the option to wear less. You’re sure to feel powerful, beautiful, and cool. Own your amazing body and practice in just a yoga bra and shorts in your living room if you like. The Chelsey bra is designed to stay in place in any yoga pose and give you just the right amount of comfortable support.
If you insist on wearing a shirt, look for summer yoga shirts made of breathable organic cotton. Remember that tight fitting shirts might make you warmer. The ideal is something that stays in place – even during inversions – but doesn’t constrict your movement or trap heat. Consider the Shala tank and a lightweight coverup like the Larkspur top for after class.