Kundalini Yoga - Sitali Pranayam
What will it do for you?
Sitali Pranayam is a well-known and popular Kundalini Yoga practice. It soothes and cools the spine near the 4th, 5th and 6th vertebrae, which, in turn, regulates the sexual and digestive energy. This breath is often used for lowering fever (and it can cool you in warm weather). Daily practice of 26 breaths in the morning and 26 breaths in the evening can extend the lifespan. The tongue may taste bitter at first, a sign of toxification, but as you continue the tongue will taste sweet and you will have overcome all sickness inside.
It is said that people who practice this kriya have all things that they need come to them by planetary ether. In mystical terms, you are served by the heavens.
How to do it:
Sit in a comfortable meditative posture with a straight spine. Curl the tongue up on the sides and protrude it slightly passed the lips. Inhale deeply and smoothly through the rolled tongue and exhale through the nose. Continue for 5 minutes. Inhale, hold, pull the tongue in and relax. Then repeat for 5 more minutes.
(Variations include: 2-3 minutes periods, and the practice of 52 breaths daily, 26 in the morning and 26 in the evening.)