Shitali Cooling Breath

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Shitali (pronounced shee-TAH-lee) is great for summer! This technique is healing to the body and cools it from excessive heat. It clears the eyes and ears, satisfies hunger and thirst, activates the liver, and improves digestion. Shitali involves rolling the tongue, then inhaling through it like a straw.

1. Roll your tongue into a tube and keep the tip of it slightly outside the mouth. (If you can't roll your tongue, just try to raise the sides as well as you can, or just stick it out!)

2. Draw in breath through your curled tongue as if you're sipping through a straw. Fill your lungs.

3. When your lungs are full, bring your tongue into your mouth and close your mouth.

4. Lower your chin slightly and retain the breath for a few seconds.

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We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Trees and plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Perfect harmony!

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We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Trees and plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Perfect harmony!

5. Exhale slowly through your nose.

6. Repeat several times.

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