Shodhana -- the sweet breath
Nadi shodhana, or the sweet breath, is simple form of alternate nostril
breathing suitable for beginning and advanced students.
Nadi means channel and refers to the energy pathways through
which prana flows. Shodhana means cleansing -- so Nadi
Shodhana means channel cleaning. Benefits
Calms the mind, soothes anxiety and stress, balances
left and right hemispheres, promotes clear thinking
How to do it
That's one complete round of Nadi Shodhana --
- Hold your right hand up and curl your index and middle fingers
toward your palm. 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.
- 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. When to do itJust about any time and any where. Try it as a mental warm-up before
meditation to help calm the mind and put you in the mood.
You can also do it as part of your centering before beginning
an asana or posture routine. Also try it at times throughout
the day. Nadi Shodhana helps control stress and anxiety.
If you start to feel stressed out, 10 or so rounds will
help calm you down. It also helps soothe anxiety caused
by flying and other fearful or stressful situations.
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