Ayurvedic Treatment

Sheetali Pranayama

Cooling Breath

Preparation

  • Sit in any comfortable meditation posture with the hands on the knees in chin or jnana mudra.
  • Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
  • Extend the tongue outside the mouth as far as possible without strain.
  • Roll the sides of the tongue up so that it forms a tube.
  • Inhale and draw the breath in through this tube.
  • At the end of inhalation, draw the tongue in, close the mouth and exhale through the nose.
  • Practice yogic breathing throughout.
  • The breath should produce a notice similar to rushing wind.
  • A feeling of icy coldness will be experienced on the tongue and the roof of mouth.
  • This is one round.
  • Practice 9 rounds.

Duration

  • Gradually increase the number of rounds from 9 to 15 and the duration of each inhalation/exhalation.
  • For general purposes 15 rounds are sufficient: however, up to 60 rounds may be performed

Benefits

  • This practice cools the body and mind as well. It affects important brain centers associated with biological drives and temperature regulation.
  • It cools and reduces mental and emotional excitation, and encourages the free flow of prana throughout the body.

Awareness

  • On the tongue and the cooling sensation of the breath.

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