Meditation clears the mind, cleanses the body, and enriches the soul. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, taking yourself away for a moment is the answer. When you engage in meditation, you give yourself a break from the pressures of modern life and the Aquarian Age. For that brief moment, you are alone and at peace.
While there are many ways to meditate and practice mindfulness, one that you should not neglect is meditative breathing. A core part of Kundalini Yoga, this beautiful practice will give you a sense of intense relaxation, inner calm, and improved concentration. No matter where you are in your personal journey, you may find that you benefit from this type of approach to both breathwork and meditation.
If you’re yearning to give it a go, one of the most powerful breathworks you can try is the sitali pranayama. It will take some time to get right. However, when you have learned how to do it, you can use it time and time again.
Benefits of this Pranayama
- Supports intense relaxation
- Helps enhance your lungs
- Offers powerful cooling
- Lowers high fevers
- Aids healthy digestion
- Improves alertness
- Helps with concentration and focus
How to do this Pranayama
Ready to try meditative breathing for yourself? The sitali pranayama is a powerful place to begin. Whatever your current level, you should find that getting to grips with this pranamaya is easier than you might imagine.
When you first start with this breathwork, you may notice an odd side effect. Many people say that the sitali pranayama leaves a bitter taste in their mouth. If you experience this sensation, don’t panic. Instead, allow the moment to pass just as it came to you. It is a sign of detoxification and nothing to cause you concern.
First things first, curl your tongue into a ‘U’ shape.
Note: This may take a bit of practice when you first get started. However, the more you engage in the sitali pranayama, the easier you will find it! Keep going—you’ve got this.
Breathe in deeply through U-shaped tongue. Next, breathe out through the nose. Repeat this process while engaging in the pranayama.
While the above is the most common version of the sitali pranayama, there is another way to practice this breathwork. Rather than exhaling through the nose, you can breathe out through the U-shaped tongue. If you are new to the practice, you may want to try both variations and see what works best for you.
Continue Your Kundalini Yoga Practice!
Whether you’re new to the world of Kundalini Yoga or have been practicing for some time, there are countless benefits to it. Known as the householder’s yoga, this beautiful and ancient tradition serves many purposes in the modern world. Understanding the true power of meditation and other activities will bring you a newfound sense of serenity and peace. Why not continue your research today and learn more about this pathway?