Can curling your tongue Actually Cool You Down?

Can Curling Your Tongue Actually Cool You Down During The Hot Summer Months?

Ayurveda suggests it can!


In the health world, recently, breathwork has been all the rage. As a person who is up to date with many health practices and news, I have been seeing increasing focus put on breathing and wellness. For over 5000 years, yogis have been focusing on their breath and using it to regulate wellness and balance. Over the past few months, public health pros have been emphasizing the importance and helpfulness of breathwork.

There are versions of mindful breathing for almost every situation. You can find breathing exercises that calm you down, center you, clear your mind, and some that claim to help your body detox. Even breathwork that can actually cool you down!

Curled tongue breathing is said to be one of the most cooling breaths in yoga and Ayurveda.

Also known as Sheetali Pranayama, curled tongue breathing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. All you have to do to properly practice this pranayama breathe is curl your tongue, and breathe through it. Sounds simple enough!

As much as I like to think I am, I'm no expert at yoga and meditation. And this interesting way of breathing seemed an appropriate level for my skill and experience. So with coolness on my mind, I went outside on a 90-degree day to see what would happen.

As I was breathing in through a curled tongue, I was "meditating":

Calm. Cool. Relaxed.

And let me tell you, there were some results! I don't know if my whole body necessarily felt cool, but my tongue definitely did! Also, I wasn't in excruciating heat either. I was just outside, after a run, on a summer day and I did feel some cooling zen.

Next time you're feeling really hot give this a try. Curl your tongue and inhale through it like you would a straw, exhale through your nose and repeat for 1-5 minutes to feel the refreshing effects of coolness and ventilation.

P.S. If you can't curl your tongue don't fret! There is a version of cooling breathe for you too: Sitkari Pranayama. For this one, you just breathe through your front teeth and exhale through your nose.

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15 Thoughts Every Girl Has In A Tanning Bed

"Haha, imagine if I got stuck."

If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.

A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

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What Do You Want To Accomplish Before Summer Besides Getting Tan?

By putting in a little extra effort now, you can set yourself up well. So well.


Winter is over, which means seasonal depression is canceled. Over the past two weeks, I've watched my campus literally spring to life with renewed momentum. I've found myself and my friends more inspired, excited and motivated than we have been in months. It's amazing what the first warm days of the year can do for one's mood, but the next five weeks? That's a different story.

As the semester draws to a close and the summer-fever sets in, so many people will be "just trying to get through exams," putting things off, or moving things to the back burner. This means if you put in a little extra effort while in the home stretch, you can set yourself up well. So well.

Don't add a ton of extra work to an already packed schedule, but be efficient and intentional. Pick one goal that's particularly meaningful to you, and challenge yourself to meet it now. That might mean turning in a stellar project, running for a leadership position for next semester, or submitting one last internship application. You can't do it all, but even amidst the commotion of finals, formals, and move-out day, you can do something.

Just like you would for class, your friends, and workout, you can make time for personal progress. Schedule a time to work towards your goal, whether it's every day for 20 minutes or every three days for 60 minutes. Enlist your friends and mentors to work with you. What advice could be helpful? What support do you need? Pitch your idea, and you might be surprised at who's willing to lend a hand.

Even when it seems like you're the only one still working, take pride in your achievements. You can get a tan later because now is your moment to hustle with heart.

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