Month: December 2009

Śitali Pranayama

At Yoga Synergy (Bondi), I learned a basic prāṇāyāma technique called Śitali (Tongue Hissing), a cooling and detoxifying breath to curb fever, anxiety, and control appetite. This is in contrast to the Ujjayi Prāṇāyām (Victorious or Cobra Breath), an ocean breath that builds internal heat.

In Śitali Prāṇāyām, air is inhaled through the protruding tongue that is curled into a tube. As air passes over the moist tongue during inhalation, it cools and refreshes the throat.

Other yogic breathing techniques include Bhramari Prāṇāyām (Humming Black Bee Breath) and Śitkari Prāṇāyām (Teeth Hissing Breath).

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Saṃśaya

Saṃśaya is one of the nine antarāya (in Patañjali’s system), obstacles that intrude on the yoga practice.

Saṃśaya is the sanskrit term that means doubt, a state of mind where the mind wavers between polar views.

“Samsayaatma vinasyathi” (Bhagavad Gītā) means one who is filled with doubts will perish, as faith is that which motivates a human being to live.

The mountain that appears insurmountable will remain insurmountable, until you rise up to the challenge, by conquering doubt.