After a nearly non-existent spring, we’re getting a brutal entry into summer here in the Midwest. Welcome to the days of swimming through air! I may hate the freezing dead of winter, but the dryness it brings is always a relief…this body despises humidity. So as we enter the heat advisory with warnings to hole up inside air-conditioned buildings (after being locked inside for nearly half a year) I started thinking of how I might try to embrace the heat instead of hide from it.
This is a tall order. Like I said, my body hates heat. With the fatigue, headaches, and sticky discomfort it brings, I quickly covert into a whiny three-year-old flailing my arms and stomping my feet. How can I possibly appease this little girl inside of me? She demands laughter. She demands play. She demands yoga!
Now for some, trying to do yoga in 90 degree humidity is about as miserable a concept as you can conceive. Believe me, I understand! I’ll sheepishly admit that there was a time when I would exercise in the winter and by the end of my routine the windows would be wide open. And yoga? That was always done in tank top and shorts with a fan blowing right on me.
Enter the yoga studio! At one point in my career as a massage therapist I had the blissful benefit of a free gym membership that included as many yoga classes as my little heart desired. I quickly learned which were heated and stayed as far from away from them as possible, but as time went on and my practice deepened I started testing the waters. Eventually, I fell in love with the heated classes, the deeper poses that my muscles allowed with them, the breathing that came from below my belly and beyond my toes, and the heightened detoxification that left me feeling clean from the inside out.
Sweat. Drink Water. And sweat some more.
Take caution during this heat wave. Make sure to listen to your body and its wants: Sit if you feel exhausted or dizzy, drink plenty of water and refuel those electrolytes, find a sprinkler to splash through, and by all means, enjoy your yoga HOT.
How are you handling the heat? Would you sizzle through a steamy yoga session on a hot day?