I would like to share a simple breathing exercise which we often practice at the end of our asana practice (physical yoga practice) which you can use anytime to help reduce anxiety, stress, high blood pressure and the general ‘fight and flight’ state we often find ourselves in during times of challenge..
Please read the below information and also watch the quick video guide below and please let me know how you felt after! Looking forward to hearing your feedback!
Alternate Nostril Breathing ~ Nadi Shodhana
There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all serve the purpose of creating balance and regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. In fact, the term Nadi Shodhana means “clearing the channels of circulation.”
Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing:
With just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, you can restore balance and ease in the mind and body. Sometimes when we feel frazzled or find ourselves doing too many things at once, it’s because energetically we are out of alignment. This breath is great for restoring that necessary balance.
- In addition to calming the mind and reversing stress, alternate nostril breathing also:
Improves our ability to focus the mind
- Supports our lungs and respiratory functions
- Restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and clears the energetic channels
- Rejuvenates the nervous system
- Removes toxins
Next time you find yourself doing too many things at once, or you sense panic or anxiety begin to rise, move through a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing. It’s a great way to hit the reset button for your mental state.
- Take a comfortable and tall seat, making sure your spine is straight and your heart is open.
- Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.
- With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. The fingers we’ll be actively using are the thumb and ring finger.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.
- Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily for 4 counts.
- Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.
- Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side for 4 counts; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.
- Inhale through the right side slowly for 4 counts.
- Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).
- Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side for 4 counts. Pause briefly at the bottom.
- Repeat 5-10 cycles, allowing your mind to follow your inhales and exhales..
Use this practice anytime that you begin to feel a little out of balance
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