Posted by: eveyoga | December 12, 2010

Sultry Summer Yoga

Flopasana-type Poses!

It’s begun. The stifling stickiness of the Australian hot weather season. Not as humid in NSW as the buildup to The Wet of our tropical north, but still mind-numbing and body immobilising. What’s a yogi to do?

I’m not sure how to speak to the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yogis who seem to carry on with jumpings and chaturangas throughout the muggiest weather, but even they might like to look at another practice option for these 90 percent humidity, 35 degree days.

Generally speaking, you want to do passive poses to cool your brain and pacify your body’s systems. Forward bends, supported inversions and a category of poses I call flopasanas work well.

Here is a practice that I’ve created for the times when you need to be cajoled into doing yoga because it’s just too hot and humid:

Supta baddha konasana, lying over two bolsters (5-10 min.) One bolster is placed horizontally under your lower back ribs and lower shoulder blades. The other is horizontal under your head and neck. Your arms are resting on the floor, out from your shoulders and between the bolsters. You use a belt around your sacrum to bind your legs and feet.

Adho mukha virasana, (2 min.) Bolster under torso, arms stretched forward, hands resting on blocks.

Upavistha konasana (3-5 min.) Buttocks at the wall (like Viparita Karani), legs opened in the splits on the wall.

Supta swastikasana (2 min, change cross-leg, and repeat) Legs supported on bolsters or blankets.

Supta Padangusthasana 1 & 2 (1 min. each stretch) Start with your feet at the wall. Use a belt.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (5 min.) Lie over crossed bolsters, shoulders on the floor, and feet raised onto blocks. Have your feet hip-width apart.

Savasana with Legs Supported on Chair (5-10 min.) Rest your head on a folded blanket.

Your aim is to cool down, conserve energy and feel refreshed after your practice.



  1. I remember those poses from Barringa days… now I include swinging in a hammock under a tree. x

    • Hi there,
      Any trips up north planned over the holidays? Miss you, E.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s