How to do Sheetkari Pranayama – The Hissing Breath Technique

How to do Sheetkari Pranayama – The Hissing Breath Technique 





The word sheetkari is derived from two words, ‘shee’ referring to the sound of shee and ‘kari’ which loosely translates to ‘which produced.’ As insinuated by the derivation, this pranayama involves the production of a hissing sound resembling the sound of clenched teeth.

Sheetkari is very similar to shitali since the desired objectives in both cases are essentially the same. The core difference between the two is in the process of how the two are practised. Just like shitali, sheetkari causes a cooling effect on the whole body.

In additional to the benefits similar to those of shitali, this pranayama is usually re-energizing making it very ideal for people who tend to regularly feel fatigued or low on energy. It also helps purify the blood which leads to improved health and immune system and is also attributed with helping improve the memory of a person.

How to do Sheetkari Pranayama

  • Sit in any meditative pose in which you are comfortable.
  • Keep your eyes close and try to touch the tongue upward.
  • Join the upper and lower row of teeth.
  • Now open your lips and start inhaling with making the sound See-See.
  • After inhaling close your lips and breathe out through nose.
  • Repeat this at least 8 to 10 rounds.

Benefits of Sheetkari Pranayama

  • Cools down the body temperature so it is useful in Fever.
  • It is beneficial in mouth related diseases, throat and tongue.
  • Helps in spleen and indigestion.
  • Best for High blood pressure and for summer session.
  • It is effective in dental problems like pyorrhea.
  • It controls the body temperature.
  • Calms the mind and it is best stress buster.
  • Reduces the emotional excitation and mental tension.
  • Best for depression.


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