8 Reasons to try alternate nostril breathing

8 Reasons to try alternate nostril breathing

If there’s one pranayama (breathing) exercise that everyone should try daily it’s Nadi Shodhana, also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing. It is a powerful breathing practice with many benefits. Nadi is a Sanskrit word meaning “channel” or “flow” and shodhana means “purification.”  It is a calming practice for all 3 doshas or constitutions and can be practiced by anyone. Here are 8 reasons to start alternate nostril breathing:

Fills the body with oxygen

Cleanses toxins

Alleviates stress and anxiety

Refreshes the nervous system

Restores hormonal balance

Enhances respiratory functions, increases respiratory strength

Creates mental alertness and improves concentration

Aligns the left and right brain hemispheres

Nadi Shodhana in practice

Sit in any comfortable seated position. Take a few deep breaths in and outout to allow your body to relax.

Rest your left hand on your lap or knee in chin mudra.

Make a „peace sign“ with your right hand. Fold the two extended fingers toward the palm or rest them lightly on the bridge of your nose. Place your thumb gently onto your right nostril. Place your ring and little fingers gently onto your left nostril.

Begin by gently closing your right nostril (using your right thumb) and inhale slowly, deeply, smoothly, gently and without strain through your left nostril.

Close your left nostril (using your ring and little fingers) while you open your right nostril. Exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril.