(Basic to Intermediate Level)
In this lesson, we first learn to use Sithali Pranayam (Tongue Hissing Breath) to cool and soothe the body. Next, we move through a rejuvenating Moon Salutation with a circular, cyclical groove that will help unlock the Divine Feminine within, regardless of external gender. Poses are suitable for basic- through intermediate-level practitioners, though modifications and variations for most levels are offered.
Sithali Pranayam is a useful (and fun!) breathing technique for when you find yourself irritated by the summer heat, flushed with anger, or plagued by hot flashes. This practice also reduces fatigue, bad breath, fevers, and high blood pressure. Note that you should not practice this technique if you suffer from constipation, as Sithali Pranayam cools the digestive tract.
Moon Salutations are a soothing yet empowering variation and counterbalance to classical Sun Salutations. They allow us to honor the feminine side of our energy, in contrast to the Sun Salutations, which stimulate masculine energy. Moon Salutations are not just for women! Men can reconnect, realign and cool down fiery impulses with this sequence. Moon Salutations can shift energy without increasing heat in the body and tend to be less stimulating than Sun Salutations, thereby balancing hot emotions, relaxing and calming the mind and body, and restoring balance.
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