It’s hot today in London which is a big thing as we aren’t famous for good weather! It’s set to be warm for the week too. Yeah! When the heat goes up, the air can feel a bit stuffy at times. I find the pollution can make it a bit harder to breathe.
As I write this from a cafe’ a soft breeze licks into the room. Pale limbs and sandaled feet patter by in hunt of the perfect place to catch the rays in the park, I’m sure. I’ll be joining them too in a few hours when I meet a friend for a walk in magical Hyde Park.
This weather is like a happiness tonic but what about when people go back to work on Monday, and the hot underground trains and packed buses get tempers rising, as irritation set in?
No sweat as here’s my favourite summer breathing meditation exercise which also calms the mind and has a refreshing feeling. It has a cooling effect which I think also tones the face. Bonus!
Always check with your doctor first for suitability before trying.
Sitali Breathing Method: sit crossed legged on the floor with a straight spine. Hands by your side or resting on the knees. A chair is an option for those who are unable to sit on the floor.
Curl the tongue as best you can and stick it out like in the picture. Begin inhaling through the mouth with the tongue out. Try inhaling for a count of five.
As you exhale, bring the tongue back into the mouth and close the lips as you exhale through the nose. Try exhaling for a count of five. As the lungs get stronger, you can increase the count to ten.
Try it for 5-15 minutes.
This refreshing breathing meditation is great for stress, anger, irritation and those times when things just get too hot to handle.
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