cooling breath techniques of Yoga

Sitali, the cooling breath

Cooling breath

The summer days are perfect to try sitali, the pranayama practice that cools your body, adds moisture to the system and calms hunger and thirst.

How to practice sitali?

Sit in a comfortable position and align your head, neck and spine.
Form the lips into an “o”, curl the tongue lengthwise and project it out of the mouth.
Inhale deeply across the tongue and into the mouth. Withdraw the tongue and close the mouth, exhaling completely through the nostrils.
If your tongue tastes bitter when you practice Sitali, it is a sign of detoxification. Just continue.

Maybe you can’t curl your tongue? Try this pranayama, called sitkari:

Gently press your teeth together and separate your lips as much as you comfortably can, so your teeth are exposed to the air.
Inhale slowly through the gaps in the teeth.
Close the mouth and slowly exhale through the nose.

According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, sitkari produces cooling effects and balances your endocrine system.

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