In Sanskrit, the practice of alternate nostril breathing is called Nadi Sodhana (purification of nadis or channels) It is breathing in a way that alternates between two nostrils. Yogis believe this exercise will clean and rejuvenate vital channels of energy. Normally we do not alternate from one nostril to another. The belief is that if Breath flows in one nostril for more than 2 hours it will have an adverse effect on health. If the right nostril is involved, the result is mental and nervous disturbance. If the left nostril is involved, the result is chronic fatigue and reduced brain function. The longer the flow of breath in one nostril, the more serious the illness.
We all have 2 sides of the brain, Alternate Nostril Breathing produces and brings focus to the optimum function to both sides of the brain. The Right side is known to be The Creative side associated with arts, and high perception, the left side is more analytic, it is the logical verbal side, focused on fact and statistics. When we breathe through alternate nostrils we stimulate both sides of the brain, it creates balance. It is an excellent technique to calm the mind and nervous system.
This technique should not be practiced if you have a cold or nasal passages are blocked in any way.
- Cover your right nostril with your right thumb and place your index and middle finger on your forehead to your 3rd eye.
- Inhale through the left nostril to the count of 4 seconds.
- Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger. At the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril and exhale through right for the count of 4 seconds.
- Inhale through the right nostril to the count of 4 seconds,
Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril to the count of 4
Continue and on your next set take it to the count of 5 seconds, then 6, then 7,
Lengthening each inhale and each exhale every round. This in turn feeds both sides of your brain,
Controlled alternate breathing is a calming and energizing breathing meditation.
It has been proven that controlling your breath, will calm and regulate your nervous system. Increased delivery of oxygen to the brain will awaken and energize and provide mental clarity. Take time to focus on feeding your brain with oxygen, to stimulate both sides, the creative and analytic and you will find the benefits of a balanced, clear mind, making you calm, clear and productive.
Denise Pala ERYT Cert, Yoga Teacher
Health and Wellness Expert for Clairty Group
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