July 22, 2010
Cooling Breath for Summer Months
Cooling Breath (Sheetali Pranayama)
1.) Find a comfortable seated position with an elongated spine and relaxed shoulders. Elevate the hips with a blanket or pillow to assist in maintaining length in the spine.
2.) Close the eyes and begin relaxing the entire body from the crown of the head all the way down to the toes.
3.) Begin slow, deep belly breathing, allowing your belly to expand with each inhalation and contract with each exhalation.
4.) Once you’ve found a rhythmic breathing pattern, extend the tongue outside the mouth and roll the sides of the tongue into a tube shape. Inhale, drawing breath into this tube. (If you can’t roll your tongue, then simply purse your lips as if sipping through a straw)
5.) At the end of the inhalation, draw the tongue in, close the mouth and exhale through the nose.
6.) Practice 15 rounds in a relaxed manner, keeping your awareness on the cool sensation on your tongue, the roof of your mouth and maybe extend this cooling sensation throughout your entire body.