I’ll try to keep this short and sweet. I’ve been using a really effective technique to help me get through the day when I’m finding things a little bit stressful/upsetting/infuriating (!!). AKA Sitali, here is the short but sweet description:
♥ Close your eyes if comfortable to do so and fold the sides of your tongue into a tube shape, sticking it out past the lips very slightly.
♥ Slowly inhale air through the mouth/tongue, feeling the lungs expand.
♥ Relax the tongue, close your mouth, and breathe out slowly through the nose to exhale.
♥ Repeat this as many times as necessary (for me, about 10 breaths).
♥ To close, on the last inhale, retain your breath for a moment. Exhale and then open your eyes to carry on with your day.
As you inhale, your breath will feel cooling as it passes through the mini tunnel you’ve created with your tongue. Your nerves may start to settle down more with each breath you take. Focus on the sensation of coolness around your tongue. It helps if you imagine the cold air is literally cooling down your stress or temper.
Sitali, aka cooling breath, refers to the sound caused when we slightly stick out the tongue in a roll-shape and inhale. On each inhalation, a cooling sensation passes through the tongue and into the throat which can refresh and relax the body and mind. It's beneficial for anyone feeling a little hot or hot-headed and in need of a cool-down.
Benefits of Sitali:
- Cools and soothes the nervous system
- Regulates digestive and sexual energy
- Reduces tension and high blood pressure
- Rejuventates and detoxifies (particularly the liver and spleen)
- Relaxes the body and mind
- Cools anger and fever
- Develops concentration, clarity, and calm
It's common to experience a bitter taste when you practice Sitali, which is a sign that toxins are being released from the body. If you continue your Sitali practice regularly, the taste on the tongue will change from bitter to sweet. Sweet!
Happy Friday peeps,
Victoria, SW-FIT x