Yoga: A Cool Way to Beat the Heat

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By John Smith


As the UK braces for a heatwave with temperatures soaring to 30°C and above, it can be challenging to stay motivated for physical activity outdoors. However, there are ways to exercise safely and effectively during this time, including yoga.

Yoga for Hot Summer Days

Yoga offers a gentle yet effective way to remain cool and active during a heatwave. Many routines are specifically tailored for hot conditions, emphasizing lower intensity and a focus on mindfulness and connection with breath.

Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow

This 25-minute hatha yoga flow focuses on keeping you cool and energized during the heatwave:

  • Begin in hero pose and inhale deeply through the nose. Stretch your arms overhead and grasp your right wrist with your left arm, reaching upwards.
  • Lean to the left side to deepen the stretch, then repeat on the other side. Bring your palms together and bend forward with outstretched arms.
  • Move into child’s pose and relax for a few breaths. Reach your arms behind your back and transition into rabbit pose, with your head towards the ground.
  • Return to child’s pose and assume a tabletop position. Round your back into cat pose, then roll back into child’s pose.
  • Fold back into a puppy pose and rest. Move into a sphinx position and lift your left leg into a half frog to stretch your glutes.
  • Return to a sphinx pose with your arms extended. Thread your right arm through your left and lower your right shoulder towards the mat.
  • Place your left hand on your right leg and hold. Repeat on the left side, experiencing different stretch variations.
  • Return to neutral and push yourself up into a tabletop position. Fold back into child’s pose and push yourself up, bringing your knees together in hero pose.
  • Alternate between hero pose and side stretches by bringing your left arm behind you and your right hand on your left knee.

Tips for Safe Yoga in the Heat

Follow these tips for practicing yoga safely during hot weather:

  • Choose a sweat-wicking yoga mat that provides excellent grip and odor resistance.
  • Use a yoga towel to absorb sweat and prevent stains.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your session.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to keep cool.
  • Opt for low-intensity routines and avoid strenuous poses.


By incorporating these tips and utilizing gentle yoga flows like the 25-minute hatha yoga flow outlined here, you can stay cool, active, and energized during even the warmest heatwaves.

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