# Summer, Yoga and Kitchen #

# Summer, Yoga and Kitchen #

Summer, Yoga and Kitchen

Days are getting Hotter

Nights are getting Shorter

Now that summer has been ushered

Life keeps getting a bit better!

Now that summer has set in, it is important to keep your mind, body and soul cool. Few Yoga ideas to balance out the # Summer+ YOGA + Kitchen coolness!

Yoga is a way of life and can be easily used in your daily routines. It is an equally great way to bring some refreshing cool balance to your kitchen routines, during the hottest of summer months.

# Beat the heat with three cooling Yoga tips and Yogic kitchen ideas#

# Tip1- The breath is the key- Sheetali Pranayama

We are always pressed for time. Next time, while you are waiting for your local train before you rush in and start your day. Try Cooling –Sheetali Pranayama few rounds

Curl the sides of your tongue upwards, breathe through the mouth and hold the breath for few seconds. Slowly exhale through the nose. Repeat 5 rounds. You will experience your body temperature cools down.

# Tip 2- Sheetkari Pranayam– For those of you who find Sheetali (tongue rolling) challenging; try Sheetkari Pranayam- Mouth open and teeth clenched. Press the tongue against the teeth. Breathe in through the mouth. Hold few seconds. Breathe out through the nose. Repeat 5 rounds. This also helps to cool down the body temperature.

# Tip 3- Calm the nerves- Chandra Bhedana Pranayama

Summer time mean temperature is hot outside and chances are bright that we are likely to lose our temper, get easily irritate and impatient. That’s where Chandra Bhedana Pranayam helps. You start by inhaling from the left nostril and exhaling from the right nostril. This breathing technique cleanses the nadis (internal energy channels) and has a cooling effect on the nervous system. Mind cooling yoga exercise! Repeat 5 rounds.

# Yogic Kitchen Ideas

# Tip 1- Drink up more liquids atleast 12 liquids every day. (weight loss yoga idea)

70% of your body is made up of water. So drink up more liquids. Increase the lime/lemon water intake. Infuse fruit pieces of your choice in your everyday bottle water or use organic sherbets (Kokum, Rose)

# Tip 2– Quick refreshing and rejuvenating drink a must have this summer. Easy to make our dear desi “Lassi” (Jeera lassi, Strawberry lassi, Mango lassi) is the way to go. Western version of our humble lassi-Mango Latte! Was a bit dumbfounded by the concept, but let’s put it as East meets the West!

#Tip 3- How to improve digestive system? Raita- common food accompaniment found in most Indian kitchens, especially during summer season. Curd centric dish or Raita has salubrious or health promoting microbes that help to balance the digestive fire and improve immunity.

Cooling Cucumber Raita- Quick Yoghurt Dip Recipe

#Cooling Cucumber Raita#

Serve Yoga Raita as a refreshing accompaniment at lunch or as a dip alongside fresh cut veggies alight midday snack. (Guarded best natural weight loss tips)

Ingredients-

– 1 cup whole, low-fat, or non-fat plain yogurt

– 1 cup peeled, seeded and finely diced or grated cucumber (if grated remove the water

content by pressing between palms)

– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (or your favourite fresh herb dill, oregano)

– ¼ tablespoon roasted cumin powder

– Salt to taste

Directions-

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Season the mixture with salt. Cover with a shrink wrap.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve immediately.
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