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Cool Down with this Yoga Breathing Technique!

April 7, 2010

Pranayama (Breath Control) use your breath to controlthe flow of energy in the body and mind.  Any time you concentrate on your breath, you are doing yoga!

Sheetali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

The Sheetali Breath is cooling for the body and mind.  This breath works well for reducing body temperature, and improving mood.  It reduces stress and can calm hunger and thirst.

How to do the Sheetali Breath

Sit in any comfortable Meditation Posture

Roll your tongue into a Staw-Like tube (sides come up and together)

Inhale, drawing air through your tongue like sipping through a straw
(try for a count of 4)

Release your tongue (to a normal position)

Close your mouth

Exhale through your nose (try for a count of 4)

Breath should not be forced.

Repeat 7 rounds, increasing rounds and length of inhales and exhales over time.

*This breath should be avoided if pregnant, suffering any respiratory conditions, or low blood pressure.  If you feel dizzy or light headed, stop Pranayama and resume normal breathing.
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