Sheetkari Pranayama – Steps – Benefits – Precaution

Sheetkari Pranayama 

“Sheetkari Pranayama” – a breathing technique which involves hissing leading to a cooling effect upon the whole body.


  • Sit upright in a comfortable posture, keeping the head, neck, and spine erect.
  • Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
  • Place the hands in Gyana Mudra.
  • Open the lips and keep the teeth together.
  • Hold the teeth together.
  • Separate the lips, exposing the teeth.
  • The tongue may be kept flat or folded against the roof of the mouth (khechari mudra)
  • Inhale through the teeth over the tongue with a kind of hissing sound like the sound of the letter ‘s’.
  • After filling the lungs completely, close the mouth and exhale through both nostrils without retention.
  • Repeat five to ten times.


  • Sheetkari pranayama improves disposition, relieves hunger and thirst.
  • It also cools the body down.
  • It is highly recommended during a fast or to help endure very hot weather.
  • By the practice of Sheetkari pranayama body temperature is decreased and comes to normality.
  • Practitioner becomes strong and beautiful.
  • It clears the complexion.


  • In order to be sure that the tongue remains moist, roll it back as far as possible against the palate.
  • Do not do this in winter season.


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