This summer, as the temperature soars, it's important to modify your yoga regimen to account for the heat. At Dahn Yoga's Arizona yoga studios, we recommend a number of techniques for minimizing your body temperature during your holistic sessions:
1. First and foremost, dress for the weather. At Dahn Yoga, we recommend wearing a loose, light, cotton-based shirt and pants. Be sure that the fibers are all organic, and try to purchase only long-sleeved tops. While this may sound counterintuitive, it can help wick away sweat and cool your skin.
2. Drink plenty of water. Take breaks during a session to rehydrate, even if you're not particularly thirsty.
3. If the temperature outdoors tops, say, 90 degrees F, consider taking your yoga session indoors.
4. Finally, if you get muscle cramps, dizziness, excess sweating or a headache (which would be odd if you're doing yoga for health and headaches!), be aware that this may be a sign of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These conditions are serious and can, if left untreated, be life-threatening.
So, to get your yoga on in record-breaking heat, be sure to find a shady place, to drink plenty of fluids and to be mindful of heat illness.