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Sheetali Pranayama | Cooling Breath

  • Extend tongue & curl sides of tongue to form a tube
  • Inhale through the tongue, exhale through the nose calmly
  • Restores body temperature when overly heated

Benefits:

  • Cools mind & body
  • Affects important brain centers associated with biological drives and temperature regulation
  • Cools and reduces mental and emotional over-stimulation
  • Encourages the free flow of prana throughout the body
  • Induces muscular relaxation
  • Promotes mental relaxation and tranquility
  • May be used as a “tranquilizer” before sleep
  • Gives control over hunger or thirst and generates a feeling of satisfaction
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces stomach acid, heart burn

Contra-indications:

  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Excessive mucus
  • Heart Disease - okay if no breath retention
  • Chronic constipation
  • Avoid in winter or cold climates
  • Environment of CLEAN air - no nose filter
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