It is a proven fact that summer heat can make us all go lethargic and to some extent red with anger. What to do in such scenario? Better go the natural yoga way! This breezy pranayama practice can pacify you in no seconds.
It was in the unfathomable place of Himalayas that primordial sages followed a righteous path to conquer over all sensory organs, especially mind, body and breath.
It was then that they revealed a practice names as sitali, the cooling breath. During their long hours of meditation saints became aware of the bend of a bird’s lower beak and a new-fangled green leaf uncurling, and further copied these shapes and sounds in this practice.
Bypassing the curl of your tongue, this particular pranayama, makes your breath moistened (theoretically portrayed as a bird’s lower beak and a green uncurling leaf), in order to allow water-saturated air to pass through.
Sitali particularly restricts your hunger and thirst levels and nurtures love and affection for solitude, in addition to building your breath responsiveness. This practice provides moisture to the system which in further calms the body. Further, in the dialect of ayurveda, it helps in alleviating pitta disproportion, which is quite common in the summer months. In addition, this practice diminishes weariness, awful breath, elevates blood pressure levels and fevers.
As sitali and sitkari condenses the body temperature, one should always practice this asana in hot weather conditions or after an energetic and heated asana like bhastrika.