Best breathing technique for hot flushes

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I learnt the following breath to help with summer heat in Vancouver but found it very useful in the Scottish cold when a hot flush threatened to overtake me! It is called sitali breath which literally means cooling breath. Unlike many yoga breathing exercises, this is done through the mouth.

What You'll Need

  • A quiet space where you can sit and breathe.

What You'll Do

  • Open your mouth and make an “O” shape with your lips.
  • Curl your tongue if you can and allow it to stick out of the mouth a teensy bit.
  • Inhale deeply across your tongue and into the mouth as if drinking through a straw.
  • Notice the instant cooling sensation on the tongue and how this cools the rest of the body.
  • Repeat for 2 minutes, building up to 10 minutes at a time.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you cannot curl your tongue, just stick the tip of the tongue out and flatten your lips from the "O" shape. Gently press your lower and upper teeth onto the tongue and inhale slowly through the gaps in the teeth and focus on the hissing sound of the breath. This is called sitkari breath. As with sitali, repeat for 2 minutes.
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