Curled Tongue Breath

This breath helps to release anger and frustration (Figure 3.1). Your child may only perform this breath if he can curl his tongue. If he cannot curl his tongue, he should skip this breathing exercise and practice Lion Breath to release anger. It helps if your child imagines that he is breathing in clear, fresh air through his curled tongue and that he is expelling old, stale, angry air. The tongue acts a funnel for the anger to be dispelled. The inhalation and exhalation should be as long and slow as possible.

1. Sit cross-legged on your mat with your arms resting comfortably on your legs-

2. Curl your tongue.

3. Slowly breathe air in through your curled tongue. The air will feel cool on your tongue. Try to inhale to a count of eight.

4. Try to breathe the air down into the belly as opposed to holding the air in your chest.

5. Slowly begin to exhale through your curled tongue to a count of eight. Try to get your belly empty of all air. Imagine all your anger is being blown out of the body through your curled tongue.

6. Repeat three times.

Tongue Curled Downward
Figure 3.1 Curled Tongue Breath
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