Yoga is a great way to cool down hot bodies and impatient minds on these hot days.

My teacher Hagar reminded me yesterday that legs up the wall pose is a wonderful cooling position. I did it last night before bed and found myself drifting off to sleep much quicker than on previous nights.

Simple seated forward bends and gentle floor twists are also wonderful ways to keep moving and use the heat to your benefit.

Don’t let the heat stop you from moving, but be mindful about overexerting yourself. And remember to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.

And, remember to BREATHE! Take plenty of deep full inhales and slow mindful exhales both as you move through your yoga practice and through your day. That reminds your body to stay calm when the heat activates the stress response.

May the cooling breath of God’s peace that passes understanding keep us all cool headed and open-hearted on these hot days.

Shalom!