What it does: Releases tension in the hips and brings movement into the spine and breath into the body, which calms the nervous system. Resting the forehead also quiets and focuses the mind.
How to do it: Start in pigeon pose with right knee forward, left leg back. Place fingertips beside your hips and inhale into a mild back bend (A).
What it does: Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (which runs the "rest and digest" functions of the body), bringing you into balance.
How to do it: Lie on your back in goddess pose -- soles of feet together and knees bent, falling away from each other to form a diamond shape (A).
What it does: Opens the rib cage, letting you breathe more effectively and bringing more calming oxygen into the body.
How to do it: Come into a low lunge with right leg forward and left knee on the floor. Place a block just to the left of your mat, parallel to your right foot. Rest both forearms on the block with spine gently curved to make a crescent moon shape (A).
As the temperature rises, our patience and general tolerance levels plummet. But it's not just because we're crazy from the heat. According to Ayurveda, the ancient school of Indian medicine, summer is the season of pitta, or fire. And while that fire has a purpose (to provide the heat needed to spark action and digest food and emotions), too much of that energy can be toxic, says Shubhra Krishan, author of "Essential Ayurveda."
"If you let your inner heat spiral out of control, you expose yourself to a whole range of 'burning' issues, such as acid reflux, ulcers, sunburn, rashes, impatience, frustration, anger, and anxiety," Krishan says.
To regulate your temperature -- and your temper -- think of your workout as a chance to cool down.