Sheetakari Pranayama – Instructions and Benefits
Sheetkari can be referred to as a variation of Sheetali Pranayama. It is very helpful for those who cannot fold the tongue as in sheetali pranayama. Sheetkari Pranayama is equally beneficial.
Practice of this prayanama should be done in clean and calm environment by sitting in the position of sidha asana, padma asana or sukha asana. This prayanama is a simplified form of sheetla prayanama.
While practicing this pranayama, the sound of si-si-si-si-si (hiss) should come out. This prayanama is highly beneficial for physical health as it awakens the kundilini power. Here are some instructions and directions to help you practice Sheetakari Pranayama:
|How to Practice Sheetakari Pranayama:
Step 1: Sit in padmasana or sukhasana with your back straight and eyes preferably closed.Step 2: Make a square shape with your lips showing your teeth.Step 3: Breathe in through the mouth to a count of 5.Step 4: Press your chin down on your neck
Step 5: Hold the breath for a count up to 10
Step 6: Raise your chin.
Step 7: Exhale slowly through the nostrils and count to 10
|The Benefits of Sheetakari Pranayama
Those with high blood pressure and respiratory problems should avoid performing this pranayama. Also stop immediately if you face any problem, discomfort, stress or if there is irritation in the throat.If you are suffering from cold and cough, strictly avoid practicing this prayanama. It is also not good for those suffering from breathing problems and phlegmatic disorders as the practise mat increase the amount of cough (phlegm) inside the body which can produce adverse effects in turn. Also make sure you don’t practice this prayanama less or more that 2-5 times. Anything more or less will not give you any of the above listed benefits. New comers may practice the pranayama under the guidance of a trained and certified mentor to attain maximum results. All the best!