Yoga to Release Heat From the Body
| April 21, 2009
While all Yoga poses help release heat from body, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) achieves the best results. This is because of the profuse amounts of perspiration your body discharges in the process. You will actually feel your body cool down as the perspiration evaporates from your body. But, for this, it is also very important that you wear loose fitting, light Yoga apparel.
Yoga, as a fitness regimen, works this way. The quantum of energy gained as a result of the asanas (Yoga postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises) practiced, is directly proportionate to your involvement or the amount of physical, mental and emotional energy you invest into the program. A lot of heat gets generated in the process and, as the heat is released and cooled, through the process of relaxation – between and at the end of the program – energy is generated. This energy is stored in your body and goes a long way in serving you throughout the day.
Another wonderful way to release heat from the body is through the practice of pranayamas (breathing exercises). There is a lot of combustion in the body as a result of the normal breathing process. If you pay conscious attention to your breathing you will notice that you are inhaling cool air and exhaling warm air. This is because the air gets heated in your body. This heat process is further intensified during pranayamas (breathing exercises) particularly during Bhastrika (Bellows Breath) and Suryabhedana (Right Nostril Breathing). Here you deliberately increase the quantum of air, oxygen and energy you inhale and carbon dioxide and nitrogen you exhale. As a result, there is more friction in the respiratory tract, which generates more heat. This heat spreads throughout the body and, at the end of the session when the body cools down, the heat gets released and with it, a lot of toxins are also discharged.
Kriyas (cleansing techniques) are another great way of releasing heat from the body. When you practice Kapalabhatti, you increase the level of friction in the respiratory tract to such an extent that a lot of heat is generated. This heat is released, automatically, when you relax, and it discharges a lot of toxins as well. Likewise, through the practice of Vaman Dhauti (vomiting pure water on an empty stomach); the body discharges a lot of heat when you expel water from the system and, together with it, a lot of toxins as well. Al these go a long way to purifying your body.