Yoga – Sheetali Breathing or Cooling Breath

Sheetali Breathing
Sheetali Breathing

Sheetal is a Sanskrit word meaning soothing or cooling, the word “Sheetali” is derived from Sheetal.  Sheetali Breathing or Pranayama is designed to reduce the body temperature, thereby causing a cooling effect and activate endocrine glands and nervous system.

Technique of Sheetali Breathing or Pranayama

  1. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position like Padmasana( Lotus), Swastikasana( Auspicious), Vajrasana(Thunderbolt) or any comfortable cross legged position with erect spine.
  2.  Stick out the tongue out of your mouth and roll it like a tube.
  3. Inhale through the tube of the tongue with hissing sound
  4. Take your tongue back into mouth and retain breath as long as you are comfortable
  5. Exhale slowly through both nostrils
  6. Initially inhale for 4 second and exhale for 6 seconds and then gradually improve this ratio to 6:12
  7. Practice for about 5 minutes either in morning or in evening.
  8. Sheetali Pranayama can also be practiced in while standing or walking

    Sheetali Breathing or Pranayama
    Sheetali Breathing or Pranayama

Benefits of Sheetali Breathing or Pranayama

  • Removes Excess Heat Accumulated In The System
  • Gives Control Over Hunger And Thirst
  • Calms Effect On Entire Nervous System
  • Reduces Mental Tension And Emotional Excitement
  • Reduces Blood Pressure

Warnings

Avoid Sheetali Breathing or Pranayama if

  • You have any heart condition
  • You have asthma
  • You have bronchitis or emphysema;
  • You are living in low temperature zone
  • You suffer from chronic constipation

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