Sitkari Pranayama: removes hunger, thirst, indolence and sleep prevents bile from increasing

Sitkari and shitali do give same benefit.

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Method Sitkari Pranayama :

Sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana and roll the tongue upward in such a way that it’s tip touches the upper palate and it’s mid part touches the lip. Now suck in the air with an audible. Si..S-..Si.. sound. Then retain the breath as long as possible. Ultimately exhale the breath through both the nostrils.

Benefits of Sitkari Pranayama :

The practice enhances the beauty of the practitioner and vigour of his body. It removes hunger, thirst, indolence and sleep.

It prevents the bile from increasing.

Hardness of the tonsils is also removed by it.

With regular practice of the Pranayama the mental and physical powers of the performer increase.

It makes you invincible.

Electrophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness during sleep


Sleep. 1997 Feb;20(2):102-10.

 Mason LI, Alexander CN, Travis FT, Marsh G, Orme-Johnson DW, Gackenbach J, Mason DC, Rainforth M, Walton KG.

Maharishi University of Management, Department of Psychology, Fairfield, Iowa 52557, USA.





Standard ambulatory night sleep electroencephalograph (EEG) of 11 long-term practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program reporting “higher states of consciousness” during sleep (the experimental group) was compared to that of nine short-term practitioners and 11 non-practitioners. EEG tracings during stages 3 and 4 sleep showed the experimental group to have:

 1) theta-alpha activity simultaneously with delta activity and

 2) decreased chin electromyograph (EMG) during deep sleep (p = 0.002) compared to short-term practitioners. Spectral analysis fast Fourier transform (FFT) data of the first three cycles showed that:

 3) the experimental subjects had significantly greater theta 2 (6-8 Hz)-alpha 1 (8-10 Hz) relative power during stages 3 and 4 than the combined control groups [t(30) = 5.5, p = 0.0000008] with no difference in time in delta;

4) there was a graded difference across groups during stages 3 and 4 in theta 2-alpha 1 power, with experimentals having greater power than short-term practitioners, who in turn had greater power than non-practitioners [t(30) = 5.08, p = 0.00002]; and

 5) experimentals also had increased rapid eye movement (REM) density during REM periods compared to short-term practitioners (p = 0.04). Previous studies have found increased theta-alpha EEG activity during reported periods of “transcendental consciousness” during the TM technique. In the Vedic tradition, as described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, transcendental consciousness is the first of a sequence of higher states. The maintenance of transcendental consciousness along with deep sleep is said to be a distinctive criterion of further, stabilized higher states of consciousness. The findings of this study are interpreted as physiological support for this model.



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