Let the Heat Not Bother You… Celebrate Summer!

Let the Heat Not Bother You… Celebrate Summer!

In the Vedic almanac, summer is a time for happiness, abundance, and occasions. Trees are loaded down with fruits, vegetables and herbs are filling out the garden. Tall grasses grace fields, and children play outdoors on their summer vacations. Naturally, we experience fullness, contentment, and relaxation. Cultures all over the world celebrate summer by revering solar deities, rejoicing bountiful crops, feasting outdoors and commemorating their divine reunion with the earth.

But with these beautiful extrinsic factors, one also need to achieve a sense of balance with some cooling activities to curtail the heat of the season internally.

Consuming fluids are ‘a must’ as our bodies are generally depleted of them. This inturn, helps to replenish our system and help us feel cool. Walking barefoot on grass, preferably under trees is another good idea. The grass takes the moisture from the soil and releases it, leading to evaporative cooling, the decrease in temperature after the liquid evaporates, removing the heat. 

Another way to beat the scorching heat is by practicing Chandra Bedha Prayanam which can be done by sitting in a comfortable position, pressing the index and middle finger on your hand towards the palm and using your right thumb to seal the right nostrils. Now inhale slowly and deeply through your left nostril (nadi) until your lungs fill with maximum air, holding your breath for some time or as per your capacity and later, breathe out (exhale) slowly through right nostril or nadi while sealing the left nostril with index  middle finger. Make sure the exhalation is longer than the inhalation.

Repeat this process around 10 times. This form of prayanam is very helpful in the summer as it helps to control body temperature.  In addition, it is also good for increasing stamina and feeling balanced and a steady equilibrium.

Prayanam if concluded with Varun Mudra quadruples the effect since it is considered as one of the therapeutic mudras having healing properties. This can be formed by bringing the tip of the little finger and the tip of the thumb in touch with light pressure while the other three fingers remain comfortably extended.

It can be performed while seated, prone, standing or even walking, as long as the body is relaxed and the posture is symmetrical but best suited when meditating. Three times daily for 15 minutes each time is recommended.

Varun mudra is also known by the name Jal Mudra or Jal Vardhak Mudra as it deals with the water element in the body.

While being a reliever from the heat strokes by reducing the heat inside and  increasing the moisture levels it also helps us with many other benefits.
  • Removes dryness of the digestive tract (mouth, throat & intestines)
  • Cures indigestion and constipation
  • Heal skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis further helping in regenerating by improving the complexion and glow.
  • Cure tongue disorders such as loss of taste and sensation.
  • Remedy to Osteoarthritis
  • Cure Anemia and other blood-related problems
  • Relieves from disorders related to the bladder and kidneys
  • Aid to Dehydration

So, to beat the heat or look good with a glowing face, Varun Mudra is the quick fix!