BURHANI NATURAL SCIENCE
COOL BREATH THERAPY
The word “sheetali” means cooling in Sanskrit, it is taken from the original word “Sheetal” which is soothing or cold. The practice of sheetali breathing calms the body and mind, reduces stress and
Controls blood pressure.
This pranayama is very effective in hyperacidity or even ulcers.
This purpose of the Sheetali breathing of reducing the body temperature, gives positive effect on the endocrine glands and nervous system.
In ancient text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, it is said that person becomes young and attractive by practicing this pranayama. Also it is said that this pranayama removes excess heat accumulated in the system, reduces the excess biles, corrects the disorders of spleen, works on fever.
This pranayama gives control over hunger and thirst. It has a calming effect on entire nervous system, especially it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which induces muscular relaxation and is very effective in stress management.
If you are stressed then 10 minutes of Sheetali breath can calm you. So this pranayama is very effective for relaxation of body and mind.
What is Sheetali Pranayama:
Sheetali Pranayama is Yoga’s answer to heat, stress, anger and irritation. Sheetal means calmness and peacefulness and those are the results of practicing this cooling breath.
Benefits of Sheetali Pranayama:
**Reduces anger and irritation promoting calm.
**Combats other Pitta related disturbances such as acidity, burning eyes, heat rash etc.
Secondary benefits of Sheetali Pranayama:
**Stimulates and assists in digestion.
**Helps combat restlessness and helps induce sleep.
Cautions for Sheetali Pranayama:
There are not many cautions for practicing Sheetali Pranayama. Since it’s a cooling breath it will increase Kapha (mucus) so don’t practice it if you have cold and respiratory related issues. Also, in winter don’t overdo it to avoid exacerbating Kapha and excessively cooling the system.
Beginner’s Sheetali Pranayama:
To practice Sheetali pranayama sit up in a comfortable position, you can also practice this breathing exercise standing up or lying down.
The instructions below are for if you are sitting, but, for other positions only slight modifications should be needed.
Elongate your spine upwards, lengthen your neck and subtly bring your chin back and in like a soldier at attention. This will align the spine with the back of your head.
Close your eyes and place your hands on your knees.
Now curl the sides of your tongue up to create a tunnel and slowly breathe in through your mouth allowing the air to pass over your tongue thus creating a cooling sensation.
After you inhale, bring the tongue back in and exhale through the nose.
Then again stick the curled tongue out and repeat.
Do 10 repetitions. One breath cycle of inhalation and exhalation makes 1 repetition.
Modification for Sheetali Pranayama:The key to Sheetali Pranayama is the cooling of the air as it passes through the curled tongue, unfortunately, not everyone can curl their tongue in this manner.
If you fall into this category just curl the sides of you tongue up as far as possible and breathe in allowing the air to flow over the tongue to create the coolness as best as possible.
Dr Fatema Mandviwala
BURHANI NATURAL SCIENCE
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