As the weather warms up we often find ourselves feeling over-heated and lacking in energy. It can be hard to muster up the motivation to do anything when you’re feeling hot and sticking, and sticking to your yoga practise is no exception. For that reason, it may be a good idea to mix up your routine a bit to include poses that will really help you to relax and cool down in the hot weather. Below are 5 great poses that will help you do just that.

  1. Meditation Seat

This pose is all about slowing things down and taking a moment to reconnect with your body.

Sit with your legs folded in whichever way is most comfortable for you. Close your eyes and take deep, clearing breaths. Take this moment to clear your mind from any stress that you may be holding on to. You can stay in this positions until your feel clear headed and ready to move on.

  1. Adapted Sun Salutation 

If the weather’s really hot, you want to avoid doing anything too strenuous, like a full sun salutation.

Start in mountain pose, then inhale and stretch your arms over your head and place your palms together in prayer. Exhale, and fold over your legs. Inhale and straighten your spine into a halfway life. Exhale and go back down. Inhale, rise back up and stretch your hands back over your head and bring them together to prayer. Finish by going back to mountain pose.

  1. Standing Heart

This pose is all about moving slowly and deliberately, without over-exerting yourself.

Start in mountain pose. Inhale and stretch your arms over your head. Exhale and bring your hand to your sacrum. Lift from your heart as you open your throat and tilt your head gently back. Take a moment to take a couple of deep breaths.

  1. Puppy Pose

Non-standing poses can sometimes become too tiring in the hot weather, but you also don’t want to spend too much time lying on a mat, as that will be just as bad in terms of over-heating. Puppy pose is a great way to get around these two problems.

Start in tabletop positions. Keep your belly strong and walk your hand in front of your and stretch out. Stay in this position as your take deep breaths.

  1. Low Lunge 

Low lunges are great for stretching your muscles, but also work to open your heart in a soothing, peaceful way.

Begin in downward facing dog. Step your right foot between your hands. Put your left knee on the mat. Sweep your hands up to the sky, hooking your thumbs together. Relax and slide  your shoulders down your back, keeping it strong but subtle. Take some deep breaths and then bring your hands back down to downward facing dog.