Sitali breathing technique is a yogic practice that involves mindful inhalation through the mouth and exhalation through the nose, providing numerous benefits to the mind and body.
By incorporating Sitali breathing into your daily Kundalini Yoga practice, you can achieve a greater sense of relaxation, focus, and overall well-being. This technique is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, making it an effective tool for anxiety relief. By taking deep breaths and focusing on the sensation of air flowing over the tongue and down the throat, Sitali breathing can help calm the mind and body, slow down the heart rate, and calm the nervous system.
In addition to anxiety relief, Sitali breathing has other potential benefits, such as lowering body temperature and improving digestion. This breathing technique is believed to release excess heat from the body, making it especially beneficial in hot weather or during physical exercise. The deep inhalation and focus on the sensation of air passing through the mouth and throat can also stimulate the digestive system, thus promoting healthy digestion.
Sitali breathing can also enhance mental focus and concentration in your Kundalini Yoga practice by calming the mind and reducing distractions. It is believed to boost the immune system by reducing stress and promoting relaxation, which can improve overall health and well-being. Additionally, Sitali breathing can help increase lung capacity and strengthen respiratory muscles such as the diaphragm, thereby improving respiratory function.
How to do Sitali? Start by sitting comfortably in a quiet place. Then, curl your tongue into a “U” shape and inhale deeply through your mouth. You should feel the coolness of the air flowing over your tongue and down the back of your throat. After inhaling, close your mouth and exhale slowly through your nose. Repeat this process for several minutes. If using a mala in this practice, on each exhale move your fingers to the next bead, repeating the process 108 times.