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Pranayama, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘prana’, meaning ‘life force’, and ‘ayama’, meaning ‘extension’, is an essential part of yoga. It has 4 stages - Puraka, Abhyantara kumbhaka, Rechaka, and Bahya Kumbhaka. Each stage enhances physical awareness and enforces introspection.
Just like with diet and lifestyle are customized to different body constitutions, pranayama too differs from dosha to dosha. Here’s the pranayama you can do to pacify pitta.
To control, cool and calm excess pitta, sitali pranayama is the best breathing exercise. It is extremely beneficial during summer when pitta is or anytime you're feeling irritated, angry, frustrated. It also helps ease acid indigestion.
Sit comfortably with an erect spine.
Rest your hands on your lap, palms turned up. Close your eyes.
Curl your tongue and take a breath through it.
Close your mouth. Exhale through the nose.
Repeat. Inhale through the curled tongue, exhale through the nose, while the roof of your mouth is tickled by the tip of your tongue.
Continue for 1–2 minutes. You will have increased clarity, coolness, and spaciousness in the body and mind.
Everyone takes breathing for granted, but when you consciously exercise breathing, you will notice changes physically and mentally feeling lighter and calm. To know more about the benefits of pranayama, consult a Jiva doctor today. Dial 0129-4040404 or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in Jiva Health App.
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