Actual real summer has arrived in London. Pretty unheard of in these parts of the world! It's been sunny and hot consistently for several days in a row. This could possibly be the case for the very first time since I moved here 13 years ago. Unless my memory plays tricks on me, that is. Could be.
Anyway, as much as I love this beautiful sunny weather, it does bring a bit of an issue with it for us here in England. The thing is, we're not really equipped for the heat!
Pretty much nobody has an aircon at home (personally, I am not a fan anyway but...). Most houses have not been built to retain cool temperatures during the day. And don't get me started about the tube!
Luckily, there is a very simple breathing exercise that you can use to cool down a bit if the heat gets too much. It's called Sitali Pranayama and is often translated as the cooling breath. It helps to reduce the body temperature. But it can also help to reduce stress and/or anger, and overall to calm down.
Watch the video or follow instructions below.
SITALI PRANAYAMA // THE COOLING BREATH
♥ Sit up tall, shoulders wide, neck long
♥ Curl your tongue in a roll and stick it out of your mouth
♥ Or place your tongue on your lower lip and use your upper lip to complete the circular shape
♥ Inhale deeply through the mouth, feeling the air glide over the surface of the tongue
♥ At the end of the inhalation, close your mouth and exhale gently through the nose
♥ Repeat 5 - 10 times
Tada! Simple, right? You can do this throughout the day as necessary. It's particularly effective to combat the post-lunch, mid-afternoon slump. Give it a go and feel free to share with your friends, family, colleagues. Let me know how it worked for you!
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