Whistling breathing or Pranayama Sitkari

Among the different breathing techniques practiced in Yoga, known by the name of Pranayama, we Siktari or Whistling breathing.

The classic texts of yoga practice grant extraordinary benefits “to become master of yoga, free from all earthly troubles.”

Breathing Pranayama Siktari or Whistling is to press the tip of the tongue against the palate while firmly close the teeth and slowly inhaled through the mouth, producing a hissing sound. The air is retained as long as possible (rechaka) with full lungs and then exhales slowly and deeply through your nose.

Whistling breathing
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To practice breathing or Pranayama Siktari Whistling is advisable to choose a warm but cool place. Usually sitting on the floor a meditative asana, hands on knees, shoulders back and head and spine straight is adopted. If this position is uncomfortable you can also sit in a chair.

Pay special attention to the following aspects

  • Inhale through your mouth.
  • Exhale through both nostrils.
  • By inspiring produce a similar “siiiiii” sound.
  • Repeat the process of inhaling and exhaling between five and ten times, or five minutes in total.
  • Keep your eyes closed to focus attention on the breath.
  • They can be repeated mantras coordinating them with breathing.

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Benefits of Pranayama breathing or Whistling Siktari

  • Improves face.
  • Cools the body.
  • Alleviates hunger and thirst.
  • Prevents sleepiness and laziness.
  • It is especially useful in very hot weather and during a fast.


  • It is not indicated for hypertensive patients.

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