Cools physical body
Encourages free flow of energy
Cools and calms mind
How to perform cooling breath
- Sit in a comfortable position. Lengthen your spine.
- Rest your hands on your knees. Close your eyes. Exhale completely.
- Open your lips and roll your tongue. Inhale slowly through your tongue, filling your belly.
- Close your mouth. Exhale slowly through your nose.
- Repeat 10 rounds of this breath.
- Lengthen spine
- Keep chin parallel to floor
- Relax shoulders
- Roll tongue and inhale
- Exhale through the nose
Modification: If you can’t roll your tongue, touch your teeth together and open your lips as you inhale through your mouth.
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Cooling breath (Sheetali Pranayama in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the breathing exercises and seated categories. This asana targets abs and chest. Cooling breath stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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