With spring and summer comes warm (and much warmer) weather. The bright sun heats up everyone and everything it touches, especially a yoga class, bringing us to accidental hot yoga. And as a yoga teacher, you just want your students and yourself to be comfortable and happy without sweating buckets in meditation poses, right? So besides contemplating whether to open the windows or turn on the air conditioner, we at HealingRadiusPro have a few other ways to stay cool while you’re teaching classes.
But most importantly, staying hydrated before and after class. That’s because having a water bottle handy during class will only cause you to pause numerous times to take a sip, taking you out of your concentration and forcing you to practice on a full stomach. Now staying hydrated before and after class delivers an adequate amount of fluid and electrolytes to your body—perfecting for staying cool and collected!
Performing Sheetali Pranayama
It’s a cooling breathing technique that does just that: cools the body and lowers blood pressure. Start in a sitting position with your palms on your knees, inhale through your mouth while rolling your tongue (from the sides so that it looks like a narrow tube), pull your tongue inside your mouth and close it, then exhale through your nostrils.
Instead of teaching a lot of fast-paced styles and heat-building sun salutations when it’s extremely warm outside, try a slower yet stronger internal practice with longer holds. That way, you’ll still be able to implement an intense and satisfying practice, just moving more slowly.
Keeping hair pinned back
This is for those with the bangs (side-swept bangs, parted bangs, rounded bangs—you get the gist). And when they’re exposed to hot temperatures, they’re known for sticking to our foreheads and making us sweat more than we thought possible. So, braid them back, twist them back, or simply pin them back.
Although perfect for cold weather, long-sleeve shirts and thick clothing will only make you feel hotter and more uncomfortable in the warmer months. They’ll also prevent you from moving easily in and out of poses. So even though those yoga pants are trendy, we’d suggest switching to something a little cooler for now.
Yoga practice in spring and summer should be cooling, quieting, and relaxing, not give you an ongoing fear of people thinking you just stepped out of the shower instead of a yoga class. And if you know of any ways to stay cool while teaching yoga, please share them in the comment section below!
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.