Give It a Whistle

Pranayama for Relaxation

When Pinocchio needed to call on his conscience, all he had to do was “give a little whistle.” It turns out that whistling is also a yogic technique for elevating your consciousness. Whistle Breath stimulates your higher glands, including the thyroid and parathyroid, key to regulating hormonal balance and controlling blood and bone calcium. Yogi Bhajan taught that whistling for three minutes a day can bring deep relaxation.

Whistle Breath stimulates the vagus nerve in the body, which regulates the heart beat, controls muscle movement and contracts the muscles of the stomach and digestive tract. To practice this breath, close your eyes and focus on the third eye point between the eyebrows. Pucker your lips and inhale through the mouth, making a high-pitched whistling sound. Focus on the sound of the whistle. Then exhale through the nose. If you become dizzy or lightheaded, stop the pranayama and resume normal breathing. So, whistle while you work and play…it's a great way to make your day!

Gyan Mudra Meditation with Whistle Breath Gyan Mudra Meditation with Whistle Breath (198 KB)

Recommended: Light On Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing by B.K.S. Iyengar and Pranayama for Self-Healing by Vasant Lad


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