Meditation Yoga

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama – The alternate nostril breathing

Hello dear readers!

A few days ago I uploaded a short video on Instagram about a wonderful and effective breathing technique called Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, and I decided to make a blogpost about it here as well.

This is a very easy breathing technique and can be used by anyone without worries.

Breath is so important. How many times do we rush through life and there’s no pause to take a mindful and deep breath. Whenever I want to calm myself down I love to use the Nadi Shodhana Pranayama as it calms and focuses the mind, deepens the breath, cleanses the nadis (energy lines of the body), and prepares for meditation. It supports the lungs and respiratory organs and it even can lower high blood pressure and has influence on the vegetative nerve system.

 

The goal of this Pranayama is to balance both ‘sides’ of your body with all their energetic aspects. Here’s what the nostrils stand for:
Left nostril Right Nostril
  • moon (Tha)
  • parasympathetic nervous system
  • Ida Nadi
  • calm
  • right brain
  • creativity, intuition, emotion
  • sun (Ha)
  • sympathetic nervous system
  • Pingala Nadi
  • activity
  • left brain
  • logic, ratio, language

 

This is how you do it:
  • sit down in a comfortable position and let your left hand rest on your left knee in a Chin Mudra (palm facing upward, thumb and index finger are touching)
  • index and middle finger of your right hand are touching your thenar; the thumb, pinky and ring finger are extended
  • take a few deep breaths in and out
  • then start the Pranayama by closing the right nostril with the thumb of your right hand and inhale left
  • close the left nostril with your ringfinger and open and breathe out through the right one
  • inhale on the right side
  • change fingers again and exhale left
  • inhale left etc.
  • repeat for several minutes

Variations:

  • you could pause your breath for a few moments after each inhale and exhale and rest in this space of nothingness (though this is not recommended for pregnant women or when you have high blood pressure or a headache)
  • you could let your exhale last longer than the inhale; for example count to 4 on the inhale and count to 8 on the exhale
  • you could also touch your third eye, the space between your eyebrows, with your right index and middle finger instead of keeping them bent

To end the Pranayama simply breathe out the last time on the left side and open both nostrils again. Take a few deep breaths here and feel what’s happening in your body. Now would be a perfect moment to get into a deeper state of meditation or Savasana.

 

In the following video you can see what this looks like.

The video speed is x4.

Breath is so important. How many times do we rush through life and there's no pause to take a mindful and deep breath. Whenever I want to calm myself down I love to use the Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (breathing technique), as it calms and focuses the mind, deepens the breath, cleanses the nadis (energy lines of the body), and prepares for meditation. ___ This is how you do it: Take a deep breath in and out – close the right nostril with the thumb of your right hand and inhale left – close the left nostril with your ringfinger and open and breathe out through the right one – inhale on the right side – change fingers again and exhale left – inhale left etc. πŸ™πŸ» To end the Pranayama simply breathe out on the left side last and open both nostrils again. ___ Video speed is x4 #pranayama #nadishodhana #yoga #yogateacher #yogalove #yogalifestyle #yogaeverydamnday #yogadaily #yogainspiration #yogapractice #breath #mindfulness #breathepracticelove #loveit

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