Sitali Breathing

This is a great breathing exercise to cool the body.  Last year I experienced my first hot flashes.  I felt as though a match had been lit at my feet and a wild fire quickly spread throughout my body as I shed layers and wiped away the sweat.  Thankfully they have passed (hopefully forever but who knows).

As well as taking sage (worked for me may not work for everyone and always speak to your Dr before adding supplements to your regime) to control my temperature I practiced Sitali breathing.

How to practice Sitali

  1. Sit in a comfortable position and lengthen from your tailbone to your spine
  2. Close your eyes, and take a few deep belly breaths to get grounded.
  3. Open your mouth, curl your tongue (imagine a new leaf uncurling).  Allow your tongue to stick out of your mouth slightly
  4. Inhale slowly and deeply through your curled tongue as though drinking through a straw.
  5. Focus your attention on the cooling sensation as the air moves through your body allowing your belly and ribs to expand creating space.
  6. Close your mouth exhaling slowly through the nostrils.

Start with 2 to 3 minutes and you can build up to 10 minutes of this practice.

In addition to being cooling, this practice reduces fatigue, bad breath, fevers, and high blood pressure.

Can’t curl your tongue? (Don’t worry it’s a genetic trait)

Sitkari breathing

1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed lengthen from your tailbone to your spine.

2. Gently press your lower and upper teeth together, separate your lips as much as is comfortable, so your teeth are exposed to the air.

3. Inhale slowly through the gaps in the teeth and focus on the hissing sound of the breath.

4. Close your mouth and slowly exhale through the nose.

Start with 2 to 3 minutes and you can build up to 10 minutes of this practice.

I hope this practice provides some relief!

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