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What is Nadi Shodhana Pranayama ?

  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, is a yogic breathing practice that involves the use of the fingers to alternately close and open the nostrils during inhalation and exhalation.
  • To practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, sit comfortably with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Rest your left hand on your left knee, and bring your right hand to your face. Place your right thumb on your right nostril and your right ring finger on your left nostril. Inhale deeply through your left nostril, and then close it with your ring finger. Hold your breath briefly, then exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril, then close it with your thumb. Hold your breath briefly, then exhale through your left nostril. This completes one round.
  • Repeat this cycle of inhalation, retention, and exhalation for several rounds, gradually increasing the length of your inhalation, retention, and exhalation. You can also try to focus your attention on your breath and the sensations in your nostrils as you practice.
  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is believed to have a variety of benefits, including:
  • Calming the mind and reducing stress and anxiety
  • Balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain
  • Increasing mental clarity and focus
  • Improving respiratory function
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Balancing the energy channels in the body
  • It is important to practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor, particularly if you have any respiratory or cardiovascular issues. This practice is generally safe for most people, but it may not be appropriate for pregnant women or those with nasal or sinus conditions.

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