Postures & Kriyas


Posture Name in English:

Posture Description:

Sit with a straight spine in Easy Pose or a chair.

 

To whistle on an inhale, pucker the lips and inhale through the mouth, making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus on the sound of the whistle. Exhale through the nose.

 

To whistle on an exhale, first inhale through the nose and then exhale through the puckered mouth, making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus the ears on the whistling sound.

 

To whistle on both the inhale and exhale, pucker the lips and inhale through the mouth making a high-pitched whistling sound and then exhale through puckered lips making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus the ears on the whistle.

Eyes:

Closed and rolled up to the third eye point between the eyebrows unless otherwise specified.

Time:

End:

None specified, unless used in a specific meditation.

Benefits:

Yogi Bhajan taught that whistling stimulates the vagus nerve through the action of the lips. The vagus nerve participates in speech, breathing, digestion, and other bodily fuctions. He also said that Whistle Breath affects the glandular system, and if practiced at least three minutes a day can bring relaxation.   

Teacher's Notes & More Information:

Whistling Breath can be done on an inhale, exhale, or both.

The whistle should be high-pitched.

Focus the ears on the sound of the whistle.

As with any pranayama, if you become dizzy or lightheaded, stop the pranayama and resume normal breathing.

Yoga style:

Kundalini Yoga

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