Cooling Breath (Sheetali Pranayama )

   

Contraindications: Low blood pressure, chronic constipation, respiratory disorders.

How to perform: Sit comfortably, keep the eyes gently closed and relax the whole body. Stick your tongue out as far as possible without feeling any strain. Roll the sides of the tongue up so that it forms a tube. Inhale drawing the breath in through this tube feeling coldness on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. At the end of inhalation, draw the tongue in, close the mouth and slowly exhale through the nose. Repeat this pranayama five to fifteen times.

What if... I find it difficult to roll up the sides of my tongue? Practice Hissing Breath (Seetkari Pranayama) instead: Keep the tongue flatly resting in the mouth. Then, touch the upper front teeth with the lower front teeth and in this position part your lips and smile. Inhale through the teeth, close the mouth and exhale through the nose.

Benefits: Cools down the body and helps quench thirst. Lowers blood pressure and heart rate. Helps in stemming acidity of the stomach. Reduces mental tension and emotional excitation.

 
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