How to Do It
Sit in a comfortable meditative posture with the spine
straight. Curl the tongue and protrude it slightly past the lips. Inhale deeply
and smoothly through the tongue and mouth. Exhale through the nose. Continue
for 5 minutes. Then inhale — hold. Pull in the tongue. Exhale and relax.
Repeat this for two more 5-minute periods.
What It Will Do for You
Sitali pranayam is a well known practice. It soothes
and cools the spine in the area of the fourth, fifth and sixth vertebrae.
This, in turn, regulates the sexual and digestive energy. This breath is often
used for lowering fever. Great powers of rejuvenation and detoxification are
attributed to this breath when practiced regularly. Doing 52 breaths daily
can extend your lifespan. Often the tongue may taste bitter at first. This
is a sign of toxification. As you continue the practice the taste of the tongue
will ultimately become sweet.
taught July 30' 1980 (From Sadhana Guidelines)