Sitali Pranayam (Yoga)
This pranayam (breathing exercise) gives power, strength, and vitality. It can have a cooling, cleansing effect. Initially, the tongue tastes bitter, and will eventually become sweet.
General Advice about doing a Yoga Kriya
Carefully follow all the instructions as given, do not improvise. You may shorten the practice time of a Kriya, but you may not increase it beyond the stated time.
Be as relaxed as you can. Check yourself for areas of unnecessary tension: abdominal muscles, facial muscles, throat, and tongue (do not stiffen or press it against the palate or theeth unless instructed to do so). Keep the lips relaxed when appropriate. Allow energy to flow freely through all your major joints (ankles, knees, hips, vertebrae, shoulders, elbows, and wrists).
And don’t exceed your comfortable limits. Do not strain or hurt yourself in an effort to do this kriya. Start at a reasonable level and pace and allow yourself to grow into the full time and intensity.
It is important to relax after you have done a kriya. It allows the body to absorb the energy that has been created. After concluding a kriya, relax in Easy Pose or lying on your back in Corpse Pose for 3-11 minutes. After the relaxation, allow sufficient time for your body and mind to return to regular consciousness before you resume your normal activities.
The exercises below are designed to be safe for most people, provided the instructions are followed carefully. The benefits attributed to these exercises come from centuries-old yogic tradition. Results will vary due to physical differences and the correctness and frequency of practice. If you have any doubts as to the suitability of the exercises, please consult your doctor or sent us your question by our CONTACT page.
The publishers and authors disclaim all liability in connection with the use of the information in individual cases. As with all unsupervised exercise programs, your use of the instructions in this manual is taken at your own risk.
From: Kundalini Research Institute – Yogi Bhajan, 2008