Shitali Pranayama

I. Starting position

II. Practice

  • Stretch the tongue forward out of the mouth and fold it so as to resemble the beak of a crow.
  • Slowly suck the air through the beak and feel the jet of cool air passing down the trachea into the lungs.
  • Enjoy the turnover and Kevala-Kumbhaka (automatic cessation of the breath).
  • Slowly exhale through the nostrils, carefully feeling the movement of the warm air all the way up from the lungs through the trachea and the nasal passage.
  • Enjoy the stoppage of the breath and promote this blissful Kevala Kumbhaka before the breath starts moving in again through the beak of the tongue.
  • This completes one round of Shitali Pranayama. Repeat nine rounds