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Sheetali Breathing ~ A Cooling Pranayama for Hot Weather


Are you are feeling the heat this summer, try Sheetali Breath? When the temperature rise, I need to cool down! If it is menopausal, a Pita dosha, or a hot day Sheetali will cool you down effortlessly. I've been practicing Sheetali this month, and it's cooling breathing technique hasn't failed to cool me down on these hot and humid days. You can use this simple technique anytime during the day to dispel drowsiness or feelings of being hot and bothered. Sheetali breath will leave you cool and calm.


Basic Method:

  • Sit upright, be comfortable and still, eyes closed, hands on knee in chin or jnana mudra.
  • Practice Yogic breathing.
  • Extend the tongue outside the mouth without strain.
  • Roll the sides of tongue into a tube like form.
  • Inhale and draw breath through this tube, making a wind sound and feel the icy coldness on the tongue and upper palate.
  • Complete inhalation, draw tongue in, close mouth and exhale through the nose.
  • Practice 9 breaths.

Best not done if you:

  • Suffer from low blood pressure.
  • Respiratory disorders like asthma, bronchitis, and excessive mucus.
  • Are having a heart condition, it is suggested to practice without retaining the breath.
  • Have chronic constipation, as this technique cools the lower energy centres.
  • In winter or a cold climate or in a dirty polluted environment.

Benefits:

  • Induces muscular relaxation.
  • Quietens the mind.
  • Tranquilizer for sleep.
  • Helps to reduces blood pressure, bile and acidity.
  • Useful in eliminating peptic/mouth ulcers.
  • Hatha Yoga texts claim that it is good for destroying diseases of abdomen and spleen, fever, biliousness, hunger, thirst and toxins in the system.

If you can't curl your tongue an alternative to Sheetali Pranayam is Seetkari (hissing Breath):

  • Instead of curling the tongue hold the teeth lightly together.
  • Separate the lips, exposing the teeth, like in a smile.
  • Breathe in slowly and deeply through the teeth.
  • At the end of the inhalation, close the mouth, keeping the tongue either flat or in khechari mudra.
  • Breathe out slowly through the nose.
  • Practice 9 breaths.

Advanced practices use breath ratio and bandhas.

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