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Beat the Heat Naturally with Sheetali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

Sheetali Pranayama

The summer sun is blazing, and staying cool can feel like a constant battle. Cranking up the AC might offer temporary relief, however it's not always the most eco-friendly or cost-effective option. Thankfully, there's a natural way to cool down your body from the inside out – no need to strip down.

Introducing Sheetali Pranayama, also known as Cooling Breath. This ancient yogic technique is a powerful tool for:

  • Lowering your body temperature: Sheetali Pranayama helps activate your body's natural cooling mechanisms, leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

  • Reducing stress and irritability: The rhythmic breathing pattern associated with Sheetali Pranayama has a calming effect on the mind and nervous system, promoting feelings of peace and tranquility.

  • Promoting overall well-being: Regular practice of Sheetali Pranayama can contribute to improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and a more balanced emotional state.

Ready to give it a try? Here's a simple guide to Sheetali Pranayama:

  1. Find a comfortable seated position. Sit upright on a chair or cushion with your back straight.

  2. Curl your tongue. Make a "taco" shape or straw with the sides of your tongue, or bring the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth.

  3. Inhale deeply. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your curled tongue or through the sides of your tongue.

  4. Hold your breath (briefly). Close your mouth and hold your breath for a comfortable count of 1-2 seconds.

  5. Exhale slowly. Release the breath slowly and steadily through your nose.

Repeat steps 3-5 for 5-10 minutes. As you practice, focus on the cool sensation spreading throughout your body with each inhalation.

Bonus Tip: For maximum cooling effect, practice Sheetali Pranayama during the hottest part of the day, typically between 10 am and 2 pm.

Sheetali Pranayama is a simple yet powerful technique that can be incorporated into your daily routine for a refreshing and calming experience. Looking for more yoga practices to enhance your well-being? Subscribe to my YouTube channel for new videos every week, where I explore various holistic healing techniques for a healthier, happier you!

Stay cool

xx Nasreen

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