Nadi Shodhana, also known as alternate nostril breathing, is a powerful breathing practice with wide reaching benefits. Nadi is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘channel’ or ‘flow’ and shodhana means ‘purification’.
The idea of Nadi Shodhana is to alternatingly breathe through your left and right nostril.
This has the following effects / benefits:
- Connects right and left part of your brain
- Provides you with energy when you are tired
- Calms you when you are nervous or agitated
This is how it works:
Sit in an upright position and start by becoming aware of your breath.
Lift your right hand, fold your middle and pointing finger in towards your palm. With the thumb you can now close your right nostril and with your ring finger and small finger your left nostril. The left hand rests on your leg.
Start to close your right nostril and inhale with your left. Then close the left nostril and exhale on the right side. Inhale right, close, exhale left,……
Continue breathing in the following rhythm:
Left nostril in
Right nostril out
Right nostril in
Left nostril out
To end this practice, finish the current round and exhale on the left side. Then relax your right hand onto your legs and feel the effects on your body and mind.
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