Sheetkari Pranayama has a cooling and a soothing effect on the body. It is similar to Sheetali Pranayama with a minor difference, which will be clear from the Method. Inputs: Sarvesh Shashi – Founder and CEO – Zorba Yoga.
Sheetkari pranayama – Method:
- Sit in a comfortable asana placing your palms on the knees.
- Roll the tongue upwards so that the lower part of the tongue touches the upper palate.
- Clench the teeth together. Pull the lips apart so that the teeth are exposed.
- Inhale slowly. First fill the abdomen, then the chest and finally the neck region. This is the complete yogic breath. While breathing in, a slight hissing sound will be produced which is similar to the hissing of a snake.
- Bend the neck forward to do the chin lock, also called the Jalandhara Bandha
- Hold the breath for some time, as much as you are comfortable
- Release Jalandhara Bandha and exhale slowly through the nose.
- This is one round of Sheetkari Pranayama. One can do as many rounds as they feel comfortable.
This pranayama relaxes the body and the mind and is good for dental health. It boosts your immunity and calms the mind.