Sheetkari Pranayama {Hissing Breath}-Steps And Benefits

Yoga Asanas and Pranayama are the two distinctive gifts to people for maintaining a healthy life in a natural manner. They enforce not solely physical well – being however additionally mental well being. In Shitali pranayama and Sheetkari pranayama we breathe through the mouth. These are the same as Python’s breathing. Python, hens, kids of deer takes a deep breath through opening the mouth and they all are simply sucked in with the air and it’s the capability to digest it. Sheetkari pranayama and the Shitali process are also like this.

Both two breathing activities are very useful in cooling down the body and mind also. Performing 6 or 7 rounds of these processes can alleviate your thirst when you are feeling very thirsty and there is no water available. Shitali and Sheetkari pranayama are mentioned in Hatha yoga Pradipika as a process of pranayama. Shitali and Sheetkari pranayama are similar, but there is only one difference between them, is a way of breathing. In Shitali we breathe through folding our tongue and in Sheetkari we inhale through teeth.

Steps of 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 the nose.
  • Repeat this at least 8 to 10 rounds.

Benefits of Sheetkari Pranayama

The benefits or plus points of Sheetkari is the same as Shitali Pranayama but there are some following plus points of Sheetkari pranayama.

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


People who are suffering from cold and cough, Asthama, or other respiratory problems, tonsillitis should not practice Sheetkari and Shitali pranayama. People who have Low Blood pressure problems are strictly advised not to perform this pranayama.

Sheetkari pranayama is the variation of Shitali Pranayam. People who are not able to fold both sides of the tongue in Shitali pranayama can perform this pranayama. Perform Shitali pranayama and Sheetkari pranayama after doing Asana and other Pranayama.

Other Breathing Techniques

What is Pranayama

  1. Pranayama: The Real source of energy
  2. The Concept of Pranayama

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10 thoughts on “Sheetkari Pranayama {Hissing Breath}-Steps And Benefits”

    1. @Aman, Carry on with Anulom Vilom, Nadi Shodhan Pranayama & Kapalbhati. If you have low B.P. Then avoid Sheetkari. If you have normal B.P. then you can do it for 4 to 5 rounds. But in Winter’s avoid this Pranayama.

      Add Bhastrika Pranayama in your practice regime, Bhastrika is most beneficial for your TB problem.

      Hope you’ll get a healthy body & mind also.
      Keep practicing. feel free to share your experience & also lot’s of thanks for sharing your views.
      Hope very soon you’ll get over from your problem.
      May God bless You. Om!

  1. Hello,
    I have major throat infection due to acid reflux but i am having tonsils problem since childhood. I have major acidity nowadays and due to that my tonsils are not getting better.

    Please suggest me some asanas. I have been doing sheetakri and shitli asanas but is it good for tonsils?

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