July is Hydration Awareness Month, an observance emphasizing the importance of drinking plenty of fluids during exercise or hot weather. And if you feel that yoga practitioners are exempt from the need to hydrate, think again. At Dahn Yoga, we stress that, even when you don't seem to be sweating very much during ki energy techniques, it is essential to replenish your fluids.
The reason is simple. When you lose water through sweat, your body's natural equilibrium starts to tilt away from your cool ki energy and toward your warm energy. This imbalance goes against the very purpose of ki energy manipulation, which is designed to bring your inner forces into alignment.
Of course, on a more physiological level, dehydration is just plain dangerous. The National Institutes of Health warns that too little fluid in the body can be quite harmful, especially on a hot day. It emphasizes awareness of the signs of dehydration, which include dry mouth, lethargy, dizziness and the absence of the need to urinate.
To treat a mild or moderate lack of fluids, it is best to drink plenty of water, natural juices or sports drinks. Also, to prevent dehydration, consider doing yoga indoors, wearing loose-fitting clothing, drinking water and avoiding coffee, alcohol and salty foods.