Sitali (Cooling Breath) To Cool The Body
How to do it: Inhale through a rolled tongue or pursed lips to reduce body heat and calm the mind.
Sitali, or the Cooling Breath, is a breathing technique rooted in yoga and Ayurveda practices, designed to reduce body heat and bring about a sense of calm. In this practice, one inhales air through a rolled tongue or pursed lips, allowing it to pass over the tongue’s surface to cool before entering the lungs. This cooling effect can help lower body temperature, especially during periods of heat or heightened stress. Sitali works by activating the body’s thermoregulatory mechanisms and engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and a sense of coolness. This technique primarily benefits the thermoregulatory system by helping maintain a balanced body temperature, as well as the respiratory system by encouraging deeper and more deliberate breathing. It is also a valuable tool for reducing stress and fostering a sense of mental tranquility, making it ideal for individuals seeking natural cooling and emotional well-being.