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Cool Off This Summer With 2 Refreshing Pranayamas

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Hot and bothered?

During the summer we may need to cool off from the heat of our emotions as much as the heat of the sun. Have you noticed that you or the people around you tend to be short-fused when the summer heat is glaring and we can’t go to the beach to cool off?

Fortunately yoga provides us with two cooling pranayamas, sitali and sitkari. These breathing exercises help us cool off physically and emotionally. They cool our nerves leaving our bodies refreshed and our emotions soothed.

In minutes you can be calm, cool and collected. Sitali and sitkari are perfect for the summer season.

Sitali Cooling Breath 

  • Sit tall and relaxed.
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep relaxing breaths.
  • Open your mouth enough to bring your tongue out just beyond your lips. Curl your tongue as though you are making a straw with it.
  • Deeply inhale as though you were sipping air through a straw.
  • You will feel a cooling sensation as the air enters your mouth.
  • Feel as though the cool breath is flowing into your brain, cooling your nervous system.
  • Relax and draw your tongue in as you close your mouth and exhale through your nose.
  • As you exhale feel as though the coolness from your brain flows down through your spinal cord and out through all of your nerves cooling your entire body.
  • Repeat.
  • Practice 10 rounds at first. As you get familiar with the practice you can practice for 1-5 minutes.

Can’t curl your tongue?

No worries! Not everyone can. It’s one of those genetic things where either you can or you can’t. Perhaps that’s why the yoga masters gave us 2 cooling pranayamas.

Sitkari Cooling Breath

  • Sit tall and relaxed.
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep relaxing breaths.
  • Slightly open your mouth place the tip your tongue behind your two top front teeth.
  • Deeply inhale through your mouth.
  • You will feel a cooling sensation as the air enters your mouth.
  • Feel as though the cool breath is flowing into your brain, cooling your nervous system.
  • Relax and draw your tongue in as you close your mouth and exhale through your nose.
  • As you exhale feel as though the coolness from your brain flows down through your spinal cord and out through all of your nerves cooling your entire body.
  • Repeat.
  • Practice 10 rounds at first. As you get familiar with the practice you can practice for 1-5 minutes.

Which cooling pranayama works best for you — sitkari or sitali? Share it with us in a comment!

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