Posture Name in English: Sitali Pranayama/Sitalee Praanayam
Maintain a straight spine, sitting in Easy Pose or a chair.
Keep your head level, not tipped up or down.
Open the mouth and form an “O” shape with the lips. It may help to slightly pucker the lips.
Extend the tip of the tongue past the lips, and curl the tongue lengthwise into a straw shape.
Inhale slowly and deeply through the rolled tongue, filling the lungs completely (as in Long Deep Breathing).
Exhale slowly and fully through the nostrils.
Closed. If practicing Sitalee Praanayam as part of Kundalini Yoga, the eyes should be closed and rolled up towards the third eye point between the eyebrows.
None specified, unless doing a particular meditation.
Exhale through the nostrils, and then resume normal breathing through the nose.
Sitalee Pranayama is cooling, and benefits the kidneys and adrenals.
Both Yogi Bhajan and B.K.S. Iyengar taught that Sitalee Pranayama can be used to reduce fevers and to aid digestion, and cleanse the spleen and liver.
The sitali kriya yoga is also known as the cooling breath and this form of yoga helps in cooling ones anger and tends to relax the mind and body. Some of the other benefits of the sitali kriya kundalini is that it helps in regulating the digestive system functioning and also detoxifies the body.