Keeping your yoga practice cool on the mat is a great way to keep the summer heat from burning you out. Water, the second most substantive of the five elements, is the element of relationship and bonding. Water is an exceptional conductor of electricity, a carrier of nourishment, a shape-shifter (able to take on a variety of forms), and, like a river, it always flows toward something bigger than itself.
This asana sequence—the second in my elemental yoga weekly series—brings you into fluidity naturally. Some poses are held steady while others invoke activity and flow within the poses themselves. Water offers an abundance of qualities that when integrated into your sequence, deeply nourish, connect, and cool your whole system—a perfect supplement to your yoga practice this summer.