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Cooling Ideas for Hot Days

Try this breathing technique for a feeling of cool. Shape your tongue like a taco and breathe in over it. Let the taco shape go and close your lips and exhale through the nose. Inhale fully as if you were sipping cool water using your tongue as the straw. Take at least 10 breaths like this or continue for 5 minutes.

This video illustrates the practice.

I started making misting spray recently. It's very simple. Use distilled water and a teaspoon of aloe gel for a 2 to 4 oz. spray. If you have any essential oils you can add them. Use cooling scent like orange, tangerine, cypress, lavender, or rose. Citrus and florals lend themselves to summer blends. You can combine them as you like. Mine has a few drops each of jasmine and lavender. Keep your misting bottle in the refrigerator for extra cool.  I save bottles from hair conditioner or face tonic or other things with sprays, and you can also buy small glass bottles with spray tops at places like Whole Foods. They're about $2 and reusable.

I also highly recommend jumping in the water several times daily.

Dogs can be misted too. Make sure your oil blend is okay for them or just use aloe and distilled water. If you have a misting setting on the outdoor hose, your dogs might like to be "misted". Mine know that word well this summer, and they enjoy it.

I'm teaching a number of classes in the week ahead beginning at 7:30 am tomorrow, mostly in South Portland. The yoga schedule is at Tomorrow we'll use the yoga tune up balls to get started.

Hope to see you soon! Stay cool.

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