Cooling Breath for Summer

Shitali is a cooling pranayama or breathing exercise that is effective in reducing excess heat in the body. Shitali also helps dispel emotions of anger and frustration. It is a practice that brings tranquility and contentment to the mind.

  • Sit comfortably, with spine long and in alignment.
  • Curl the sides of the tongue up so that they touch each other.
  • Close the lips around the tongue, forming a circle.
  • Begin to slowing inhale air through the “straw” which is the tongue.
  • At the top of the inhalation, release the tongue and close the mouth.
  • Exhale out through the nose.
  • Continue for up to 10 rounds of breath.
  • Sit calmly and notice the cooling effect of this pranayama.

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