Nadi shodhana, is a yoga tool worthy of playing with and practicing often. It's a simple form of alternate nostril breathing suitable for everyone, and you can practice anywhere.
Nadi means channel for the energy pathways prana flows. Shodhana means cleansing -- so Nadi Shodhana means channel clearing. Practicing nadi shodhana calms the mind, soothes anxiety and stress, balances left and right hemispheres, thus promoting clear unencumbered thinking.
How to do it:
Hold your right hand up and curl your index and middle fingers toward your palm or lift and place on 3rd eye point. Place your thumb next to your right nostril and your ring finger and pinky by your left. Close the right nostril by pressing gently against it with your thumb, and inhale through the left nostril. The breath should be slow, steady and full.
· Now close the left nostril by pressing gently against it with your ring finger and pinky, and open your right nostril by relaxing your thumb and exhale fully with a slow and steady breath.
· Inhale through the right nostril, close it, and then exhale through the left nostril.
That's one complete round of Nadi Shodhana --
· Inhale through the left
· Exhale through the right
· Inhale through the right nostril
· Exhale through the left
Begin with 5-10 rounds and add more as you feel ready. Remember to keep your breathing slow, easy and full.
Practice any time and any where. Try it as a mental warm-up before meditation, asana practice and quiet times throughout the day. If you start to feel stress caused by fearful or stressful situations 10 rounds will help sooth and calm the nerves.
Nadi Shodhana takes you into your higher self where body mind connection is achieved altering your vibratory energy triggering insights, intuitions and universal alignment unattainable without body mind connection.
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