Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Heat - How to Cool Off

Today I received an email requesting any postures to help the body cool off. This poor woman has the chickenpox and any sweating makes the itching worse. With the pox, getting into asanas may be too difficult. This gal has over 500 pox. Yes, you read that right. So, send some healing vibes her way. In the meantime, a great way to cool off is with the following two Pranayama techniques. Start with a comfortable seat and straight spine.

To practice sithali, stick the tongue out of your mouth and curl it. Do this gently, not with the oomph that a child might have on the playground. That is, there is no strain around the mouth or back of the tongue. Inhale through the mouth. Briefly hold the inhale as you take the tongue back into the mouth and re-moisten it. Exhale out the nose. Repeat at least 12 times.

Sitkari is similar, but the tongue stays in the mouth and does not curl. With the tip of the tongue resting at the gum line behind the top front teeth, open the lips and keep the teeth relatively close together. Inhale through the mouth producing a hissing sound. Close the mouth to moisten the tongue, as you exhale out the nostrils. Repeat at least 12 times.

For both practices, focus mainly on smooth, easy, and slow inhales.

Love Much,


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1 comment:

GlamSpirit said...

Thanks for yet another fabulous post Kris. I just put a link to your leg cramps post from Glam: http://glam.com/g/p/95548294/161124639/112/161124639/