Sitkari (Teeth hissing)
Sitkari pertains to the sound made by drawing air in through the frontteetheither tightly closed or slightly opened-with the tongue tip regulatingthe air pressure and sound. This technique pertains only to inhaling,except that exhaling normally takes place through both nostrils, after ausual full pause. The sides of the tongue is pressed against the teeth,lining the sides of the mouth, if they are closed tightly, or expandingbetween the upper and lower; sets, if the jaw is opened slightly. Thesound, a kind of reversed hissing, like that made when one suddenlytouches ice or a hot object or feels a draft of hot or frigid air, should beregulated so as to be smooth and to sound pleasant. The experience hasbeen described as "sipping air." This technique usually cools the mouthand may have both a cooling and a relaxing effect upon the whole body.Lips should close at the end of inhalation, preparatory to holding the fullpause with chin lock. Closure of the lips ends the hissing sound, si, with a"sip."
Sitali (Tongue hissing)
Sitali refers to the sound caused when air is drawn in through theprotruding tongue folded into a tube. During inhalation, curl up both edgesof the tongue so that it forms a kind of tube. Breathe in through this tube.During inhalation the air passes over the moist tongue, cooling down andrefreshing the throat. In order to be sure that the tongue remains moist,roll it back as far as possible against the palate. Do this during the entireexhalation so that the next breath is just as refreshing as the first. Theresulting tongue position may appear more like the lower portion of abird's beak than a tube, but variable opening or closing of the tube-likepassage in the folded tongue, in cooperation with faster or slower inhalation, makes possible variations in loudness and softness andsmoothness of the reversed hissing sound. Again, a cooling effect may benoted and, indeed, sought through this and the foregoing techniquewhenever needed. The tongue is drawn back into the mouth and the lipsare closed at the end of inhalation. We can breathe out either through thethroat or alternately through the nostrils.