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.” When we feel confused and need some clarity this is a breath which will help balance the left and the right hemispheres of your brain. The effects of a daily breathing practice or Pranayama are enormous as this breath is our life force and can help us heal from the inside.
Nadi Shodhana Steps:
1) Find a comfortable seated position. Tune into your breath.
2) Take your left and and place it on your left knee. Take your right hand and bend your pointer and index finger toward your palm. See blog photo.
3) Use your lifted ring and baby finger to plug your left nostril off. Inhale through your right nostril, plug right nostril with your thumb and release left nostril exhaling.
4) Inhale through left nostril, plug left nostril off. Exhale through right nostril, Inhale right nostril.
Short and sweet of this breath is that you are only using one nostril to breath in and out of at a time while the other nostril remains closed. This technique takes some time but there are lots of great videos online to help you master the breath.
Left nostril breathing activates the Ida Nerve Ending in the left nostril, which relates to calmness and relaxation. Left nostril breathing is associated with the moon energy, which is changeable, feminine, yin, giving, and cool. Breathing through the left nostril for five minutes can calm you and lower your blood pressure. -Kundilinin Yoga
Right nostril breathing activates the Pingala Nerve Ending in the right nostril, which relates to alertness and activity. Right nostril breathing is associated with the sun energy, which is a constant, masculine, yang, and hot. Breathing through the right nostril for five minutes can energize yourself and raise your blood pressure. -Kundilinin Yoga