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Beat the Dog Days of Summer with A Downward Dog

Posted Jul 15 2010 5:47am

One dog, downward.

We’re going to slow it down. It seems lately the heat and the long July days have made some of my favorites a little cranky and salty.

Tis officially, the doggiest days of summer.

Which by definition : “Dog Days” (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather.

And now you know.

If you are looking for relief, I’m serious when I say all aboard the yoga train. Men, if you have stopped reading it’s OK, but I promise you can use this advice. Thank me later.

Courtesy of the fabulous Shape Magazine

The Benefits of Yoga No One Told You About, courtesy of Shape magazine. The 5 main points Shape discusses are ones that you use in yoga but more importantly in life. I swear I’m not just drinking the yoga Kool Aid.
Patience: I agree with this point because I am use to trying to squeeze in the fastest time on my run or as many reps in XX minutes as I can. Slow down, you want to feel every muscle in your body move. I’ve actually had people say my posture has improved since I started yoga and pilates.
Acceptance: This one was a bit of a stretch, no pun intended, but yoga has a host of forms and levels of awesomeness, and some are better than others. Accept your place but work for where you want to be.
Dedication: As with any exercise, if you don’t keep at something or increase your intensity, you will be on the perpetual plateau for some time.
Kindness: I’m sure my mom and husband are wanting me to really highlight this one…kidding. This is more about being nicer to yourself and not always focusing on the negative aspects of what you are doing.
Focus: I am notorious for not being able to do one thing at a time. I’m sure I’ve texted or e-mailed straight up during a conversation. Multitasking means multiple ways to f* something up. The beauty of yoga is you go slow, think clear and breathe. I think they tell you to do the same thing when someone cuts you off in traffic.

With all the hustle and bustle, let’s all take a breather and enjoy ourselves and each other. For me, this means everything from yoga-ing to sipping on a descent cheap fine wine in front of a good movie. I am also working on adding at least 5 minutes of yoga to my evenings.

How are you unwinding this summer and keeping cool?

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