This week is all about gazpacho and watermelon ice pops because it is hot, hot…HOT.
I just learned that three consecutive days of 90+ degrees qualifies as a bonafide heat wave. Jackpot! It has been 90+ all week and while I am loving the extra sun and sultry air, it is absolutely undeniably incredibly hot.
So today I’m sharing a simple breathing technique to help you get – and stay – cool. And it’s my first video! (Please cue trumpets and fanfare.)
Sitali (or “sheetali”) breath is a simple technique that you can use in your yoga practice and in day-to-day life. It’s cooling to the body (nervous system) and mind (energetic system), so it’s the perfect yoga trick for super hot summer heat.
How to Do Sitali Breath
First, stick out your tongue.
If you can, you’ll curl your tongue to make a U-shape.
(Psst… Don’t worry if you can’t do this, this is one of those weird things that some of us simply cannot do — you know, like raising one eyebrow or flipping an omelette. If you can’t roll your tongue, gently close your teeth and let your lips part into a gentle smile.)
Then take a deep breath in through your mouth. Feel how this mouth position makes the air feel a little cooler as you bring it into your body.
Then close your mouth and exhale out through your nose.
Do this for about 5 or 6 rounds. Each time you breathe in, concentrate on that cool rush of air into your lungs.
When you’re done, close your mouth and take a few normal breaths. Feel anything different?
You can use Sitali breath anytime you start to feel uncomfortably warm.
Try sitali breathing:
- In down dog
- In Tree pose
- In Savasana
- At your desk
- Sitting in traffic
- Or maybe even while on hold with the cable company (or other tests of patience)
Sitali breath can also “cool you off” when you’re feeling angry, frustrated, or annoyed. It’s also said to cool the digestive tract and help with issues like indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn.
Try it! Then let me know in the comments below if you feel more chilled out in your body, your mind, or both.
Love and lemonade,