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Sitkari Pranayama

Steps to practice

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Possible Benefits

- Relaxation emotional & physical
- Reduces blood pressure
- Calms nervous system
- Helps sleep prevents insomnia
- Can lower fever
- Relieves thirst

Contraindications

- Colds
- Flu
- Respiratory Conditions

Hissing Breath

Sitting: chair, cushion, block

- Press the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth forward pressing gently into the teeth.
- Inhale, drawing air through the circular openings at the sides of the tongue.
- Close the mouth and hold the breath without any strain or force.
- Exhale, release the breath slowly through the nostrils sensing the movements of the warm air along the nasal passageways.
- Hold the breath out gently before beginning the next round.
- Five to eight rounds are optimal.

 

Benefits/Contraindications

Modifications/Variations


 

Cooling

Cooling Breath