Sheetali Pranayama

The word Shitali is originally taken from the word “Sheetal” which means cold or soothing. Sheetali pranayama breathing practice, which effectively cools the body, the mind and the emotions.

  • Sit comfortably in meditation pose (Padmasana, Siddhasana or Swastikasana) with erect spine.
  • keep both palms on knees, in dhyan mudra. Concentrate on normal breathing.
  • Now bring tongue out and fold both lateral sides of tongue, make tube structure.
  • Take a deep inhalation through the tube in the tongue.
  • After inhalation, close mouth and hold the breath as per capacity, if one comfortable, form Jalandhar bandha.
  • Release the Jalandhar bandha and exhale slowly through nose.
  • This is one cycle of Sheetali Pranayama.
  • Repeat it about 5 time, and gradually increase up to 15 mins.
  • Sitkari Pranayama creates a cooling effect on the body, decrease thirst, hot flashes.
  • It is Best for summer session.
  • It is useful in tongue, mouth, throat, spleen and lungs related disease.
  • It is Helpful in fever, High B.P. Insomnia, hyperacidity and indigestion.
  • It calms the mind, decrease stress, anger and anxiety.
  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Asthma or other respiratory problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Low Blood pressure
  • Winter season
  • Chronic constipation