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Yoga breathing is done through the nose. In some cases, we exhale through the mouth. These two breaths are the only one in which we inhale through the mouth. The purpose of the breath is to cool and calm the mind. The movement of air over the wet tongue causes cooling of the tongue. Placing a cold tongue on the roof of the mouth begins to the cool the head.
Shitali Pranayama (pronounced shee-talee), means “cooling breath.” It used to cool the body and mind. We curl the tongue to practice shitali. You might this breath taco shell breathing.
Sitkari Pranayama (pronounced seet-karee), means making a hissing sound. It is practiced by drawing the air in through the mouth over the tongue making a hissing sound. The adaptation we use in LifeForce Yoga is to draw the breath in through the lips in the shape of a straw. Sucking the breath in with the hissing sound can irritate sensitive teeth. You might even call this breath tostada shell breathing.
Directions for Practice
- Sit in a comfortable position with the spine erect. If you wish, you can come to a supine position—flat on your back.
- Open the mouth and form the lips into an “O”.
- Push the tongue out through the opening so that the edges curl up forming the shape of a leaf about to open.
- If this is not possible, keep the lips in the “O” shape and place the tip of your tongue against the opening.
- Draw air in through the tongue slowly as though sipping through a straw.
- After a full inhale, draw the tongue into the mouth, gently tuck the chin as you place the tongue on the roof of the mouth and slowly exhale through the nose.
- At the very end of your exhale, wet the tongue by coating it with saliva.
- This is one round – continue for 5 minutes.
- Feel free to take integrating breaths between each round.
- Add a visualization of a cool or cold place, imagining yourself practicing this breath in that place.
- Use peppermint in the mouth to aid the cooling process.