rain

Enough Already!

Extropical cyclones, low pressure troughs, East Coast lows, whatever you call them, they all have the potential for giving us the rain blues. On the eastern seaboard of Australia, and even inland, we’ve had record-breaking rainfalls this autumn. 

What’s a yogi to do to keep his or her spirits up? A specialised yoga practice, of course! You want to do a sequence to balance your energy and dispel any negative moods. When the humidity has been high for a period of time, it creates excess dampness. It’s not only the washing on the line that needs to dry out, but dampness that may affect your inner organs.

Hence you want a practice that builds heat. Do poses like twists, backbends, inversions and salutes to the sun.

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Rainy Day Yoga Program

Here’s a sequence for creating balanced energy, enhancing your mood, and eliminating dampness from your body’s systems and organs.

Warm-up

Lying down abdominal exercises, as per Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, Swami Satyananda Saraswati (poses in the Abdominal/Digestive section)

Dynamic:

Adho Mukha Svanasana to Adho Mukha Virasana x 6 (Down Dog to Prayer Pose)

Step-back lunges x 6, Tadasana/Uttanasana/Lunge/Adho Mukha Svanasana/Lunge/Uttanasana, Tadasana

Then, integrate the following standing poses with lunges:

Trikonasana (Triangle)

Parsvottanasana (Side-Chest Stretch)

Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Leg Standing Forward Bend)

Legs on wall at 60 degrees, raise legs to vertical x 6 (Abdominals)

Lying down, feet on wall, hands clasped behind head (Crunches)

Dolphin Pose (Headstand Preparation Moving Forward and Back)

Preparation for Sirsasana or Classic Version of Sirsasana

Headstand Preparation with blocks

Headstand Preparation with blocks

Setu Bhandasana Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose)

Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

Halasana (Plough)

Cool-down

Ardha Jatara Parivartanasana x 10 (Belly Twister)

Chair Bharadavajasana (Twist)

Chair, standing Marichyasana (Twist)

Paschimottanasana (Double Leg Forward Bend)

Marichyasana III (Seated Twist)

Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall)

Bhastrika pranayama (Bellows Breathing)

Savasana (Relaxation)