June 12, 2013

Cool off this summer with Sitali – the Cooling Breath

Posted in Breathwork at 3:42 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

What’s better in the heat of summer than always having a quick, easy way to cool off? The yoga breath of Sitali – or the cooling breath – can help you cool down your body and feel more comfortable in just a few minutes.

To practice Sitali – the Yoga Cooling Breath:

1.  Begin in a comfortable sitting position with the spine long.

2.  Inhale through the mouth – forming an ‘o’ shape with the mouth and curling the tongue, if possible. Use the curled tongue like a straw, sipping the air inward for a count of 4.

3.  Close the mouth, exhale through the nostrils for a count of 6.

4.  Repeat 5-20 times, as long as it takes to notice a cooling sensation through the body.

5.  End this breath practice by reclining in corpse pose (savasana) for 3-5 minutes.  For added cooling, place a cool, moist cloth across the eyes.

If you’re a visual learner, here’s a video demonstrating Sitali:

The next time you get overheated, try the Cooling Breath – Sitali; not only will you feel cooler physically, but also calmer emotionally.  Sitali is a handy tool to have to beat the summer heat.

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and General Health Zealot.  Contact her directly to schedule a session:  727-641-6941 or www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

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