Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sheetali Breathing

"Sheetal" means 'cool' in Sanskrit. This pranayama has a cool effect on the body by lowering the body temperature.


  1. Sit in Padmasana.
  2. Place your hands on the corresponding knees with palms facing up.
  3. Assume Gyana Mudra(See below) with your fingers.
  4. Open your mouth and take out the tongue.
  5. Move to each side of the mouth.
  6. Inhale through your mouth and suck air into your lungs.
  7. Take in your tongue.
  8. Close your mouth.
  9. Retain your breath for about 5 seconds.
  10. Exhale completely through your nostrils.
  11. You can start off with one minute and build up to five minutes.


  • High blood pressure patients can benefit from this pranayama.
  • Sheetali Breathing cools down your body and quenches thirst.
  • Liver functions well.


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