During our practices over the past weeks we have been practicing Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhana in Sandskrit.
Sit in a comfortable position and begin to focus on your breath.
Rest the tips of your index and middle fingers in the space between your eyebrows. Allow your thumb to relax over your right nostril and your ring/pinky fingers to relax over your left nostril. Inhale and block your right nostril with your thumb and exhale out your left nostril. Inhale with your left nostril, block it off with your fingers as you release your thumb and exhale out your right nostril.
Continue alternating sides as you breath. (Traditionally we use our right hand for our breathing, but the left can be used.)
Great Website with instructions: "How to Practice Alternate Nostrils Breathing in Yoga
Here is a great "gif", visual of how to practice from www.yogatailor.com (Thank you Sydney!)
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Benefits: There are many benefits to Alternate Nostril Breathing. The Livestrong website has an article "Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing" that lists the following benefits:
- Enhanced Lung Function
- Lung Cleansing
- Soothed Nervous System
- Temperature Regulation
- Enhanced Sleep Quality
Give this pranayama a try and let me know how it works for you!
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.