Nadi Shodhana also is known as alternate nostril breathing, is a form of Yogic breathing. To break the name down: Firstly, the word Nadi comes from the Sanskrit language meaning ‘flow’ or ‘channel’. Secondly, Shodhana means ‘cleaning’ or ‘purifying’. Nadi Shodhana settles the mind, body, and soul and relieves stress and anxiety. One thing we love about this type of breathing is that you can feel the benefits of it straight away. For example, here are three benefits:
Enhance brain function
By practicing this you can sharpen your concentration and clear your mind. Alternate nostril breathing sends equal amounts of oxygen to both hemispheres of the brain resulting in the merger of the left ‘thinking’ side and the right ‘feeling’ side. As a result, this leaves your brain focused and energized.
Calm your mind
If you are an anxious person this practice can help settle the stress in your mind, by preventing overthinking. It is believed that you can control your mind if you regulate the breath.
Improve sleep quality
If you struggle to fall asleep at night alternate nostril breathing can help. Practicing this soothes the mind by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. This slows you and your heart rate down and leaves you more relaxed and ready for a good night’s sleep.
Practicing alternate nostril breathing.
Here at surrender to happiness, we suggest you find a quiet, calm space where you feel comfortable. Sit either on a chair, cushion or the floor with a straight spine. Place your left hand on your knee, or in a Mundra. With your right hand place your thumb on your right nostril, your index finger and middle finger on your third eye chakra (in-between your eyebrows), and your ring finger on the left nostril.
Close your eyes, press your thumb onto your right nostril and take a long deep breath through the left. Press your ring finger on your left nostril, hold your breath for a short pause and release your thumb exhaling slowly. Press your ring finger on the nostril and inhale through the right, hold for a moment and exhale through the left. Repeat this between 5-10 times.
Bring peace to your life
We love the alternate nostril breathing technique and when anxiety or stress comes knocking, we sit and do this exercise. It may not remove the stressors in your life, but it will bring you calm and allow you that break to look at things with fresh eyes. So find yourself a quiet place and carve a few moments out of your day to practice this technique and show yourself some self-care.
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