3 yoga asanas to refresh your body in summer

3 yoga asanas to refresh your body in summer

3 yoga asanas to refresh your body in summer

You always focus on practicing some stretching exercises as part of your warm-up session before a workout. But you hardly pay attention to the cool down exercise, do you? That’s normal as many of us tend to skip the cool down routine. But after training, following a cool-down routine is essential because it helps your body slow down and return to a normal state. And you know what, the routine of cooling down becomes even more essential during the summer season. Fortunately, you can do certain yoga poses to cool down. Is it really possible? Of course!

This is exactly what Bollywood actress Malaika Arora’s latest Instagram post looks like. For #MalaikasMoveOfTheWeek, Malaika shared 3 yoga poses that help lower your body temperature after a workout this season and help you cool down.

Check out his Instagram post here:

Try these 3 asanas to refresh your body:

1. Pigeon pose

Pigeon pose affects the entire body, from the hamstring to the back. It stretches all the muscles if done the right way. In fact, this pose will stretch and open your hip muscles and increase flexibility throughout your body. All in all, it is the best pose to nourish tired muscles, calm the mind, and increase flexibility and mobility.

yoga asanas to cool downPigeon pose is excellent for increasing flexibility. Image courtesy: Nishtha Bijlani

This is how this asana is performed:

* Sit on the floor. Bring your right leg forward in front of your body and keep it at a 90-degree angle.
* Extend your left leg behind you, keeping it straight in line with your hips, lengthening your inner thigh and foot down and your toes pointing back.
* Don’t forget to lengthen your spine before extending it over your front (right) leg.
* Exhale and lean forward and rest your head on the floor or on the back of your hand, shifting your weight. Use your arms to support your weight if necessary.
* Hold the pose for 1 minute and repeat on the other side.

2. Cow Cat Pose (Marjariasana)

The cat-cow pose is an integral point of many yoga warm-up sequences because it helps increase energy and release stiffness. Also, if you do it at the end of your workout, it will cool down all your major muscles, especially around your back and shoulders. You can also do it if you want to get rid of a few extra pounds of abdominal fat.

yoga asanas to cool downRelieve your tense muscles with these asanas. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

This is how this asana is performed:

* Get on all fours, knees and hands, on the floor.
* Align hands/wrists below shoulders and knees below hips, toes pointing back.
* Inhale and look up, dropping your abdomen toward the floor as you extend your spine.
* Now, exhale and lower your head, arching your spine toward the ceiling and letting your chin drop to your chest.
*Continue this movement for at least a minute or repeat this pose 15-20 times.

Advice: Inhale while looking up and exhale while looking down.

Also, read: These 8 cool-down exercises will relax your entire body after an intense workout

3. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

If you find it difficult to achieve the proper balance in life, try tree pose, also known as vrikshasana. This pose is known to improve the balance between mind and body. In addition, it helps rejuvenate and increase energy in the legs, back, and arms. Relax muscles and release stiffness.

yoga asanas to cool downGet your balance right. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

This is how this asana is performed:

* Stand up straight and take a samasthiti position. Chin up slightly and keep your core a little tight.
* Now slightly bend and lift your right leg and place your right foot on your left inner thigh.
* Make sure your left leg is straight and balanced.
* Do not forget to keep your back straight, otherwise you will not be able to balance the posture.
* Slowly extend your arms up into a namaskar position at your heart chakra.
* Now, take 5-10 breaths while staying calm and still.
* Change the position of your legs. This time with the left leg coming up to the right thigh.
* Repeat.

So ladies, loosen up your tight muscles in no time with these easy asanas!

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