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Cool Yourself With Yoga Breath

We are all looking for ways to keep ourselves cool this summer, especially when we are working out in the hot sun.

I learned a type of Pranayama (yogic breath) that has cooling effects on the body called Sitali (tongue hissing). You've probably done this without even knowing it, when you eat something really hot to cool off your mouth. Here's what you do:

If you can't make a tube with your tongue, just bring your lips together like they're sucking through an imaginary straw. Breathe in through your mouth and exhale out your nose.

You can do Sitali whenever you are getting overheated. It's also great to do if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed - it slows down your breathing and helps you focus on being calm.

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