24 Dec Alternate Nostril breathing
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure”
What is Alternate Nostril breathing?
Nadi is an internal pipe for the passage of ‘prana’ or energy-carrying cosmic vital, seminal, and other energies. Shodhana means purifying and cleansing. The term Nadi Shodhana implies the perfection of the nerves. Alternate Nostril Breathing is called Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is a simple yet effective technique that helps calms the mind, body, and emotions. You can use it before beginning a meditation practice. It helps reduce anxiety, stress, and anger. If you are having trouble sleeping, Nadi Shuddhi pranayama helps you to sleep fast.
There are different styles of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. Still, they all serve the purpose of creating balance in the Nadis and regulates the flow of air through your nasal passages. The term Nadi Shodhana means “clearing the channels of circulation.” The Yogis realized the various disparities in the structure of the brain, lungs, and other parts of the body. They adapted asanas for even development, equal extension, and attention to both sides of the body.
- Calms and centers the mind :
- It helps bring the mind to the present moment and takes you out of the past. It helps to release old worries, regrets, and fears.
- It is very therapeutic for both the respiratory and Circulatory systems.
- It is stress relieving and relaxing for the body and mind.
- Boosts energy: This Pranayama helps harmonize the brain’s left and right hemispheres, which correlate to our personality’s logical and emotional sides. Nadi Shodhana invites more oxygen into your body, which gives you more energy.
- Maintains body temperature
How to do this Pranayama
You can practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama on your own, but you may want to ask a yoga teacher or therapist to show you the practice in person once to be sure that you are doing it accurately. Focus on keeping your breath as slow, smooth, and in a rhythmic flow. Focusing on your breath will also help guide you to be able to focus on your current cycle.
To practice this, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama:
- Let’s come to sit in any comfortable position with your legs crossed or lotus pose.
- Then, place your left hand on your left knee in any Mudra.I> Prapti Mudra, Chin Mudra.
- Lift your right hand toward your right nostril.
- Exhale completely
- Take your big thumb and close your right nostril.
- Take a deep inhale through your left nostril and close the left nostril with your ring and pinky fingers.
- Hold the breath and then.
- Take the thumb out from your right nostril and exhale through your right nostril.
- Inhale through the right nostril and then close both of the nostrils.
- Open the left nostril and exhale deeply through the left side.
- Continue for up to 10 cycles or rounds.
- Always complete the practice by exhaling on the left nostril.
- Place your hands back down on your knees in any Mudra.
When should you do this
You can do alternate nostril breathing at any time and place that feels most comfortable to you. You may find that you enjoy doing it in the morning or evening. This Pranayam should be done on an empty stomach and will help focus or relax.
BKS Iyengar: Light on Pranayama