Here is Your Intro to Finding Balance and Health with Breath
Finding Balance and Health with Breath
With just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, a pranayama technique, you can restore balance to your whole being. The practice of Nadi Shodhana is good for our heart, lungs and mental state. This is a fantastic practice if you find yourself overwhelmed or anytime you take a few minutes out and regroup using this breathing technique.
The first thing to know is that you can do this sitting or lying down. I prefer to sit in Siddhasana or Lotus (see below) my left foot tucked close to my body and my right foot close but on the outside of my left. Sit on a mat, blanket or bolster, whatever is most comfortable. To get into the position of Siddhasana you first bring your left knee in toward your groin. Pull the left heel in along the perineum. Bend the right leg and pull your right heel in. Place your right ankle over the inner ankle of your left foot. If this is not comfortable find a comfortable seated position of your choice. It is best to be comfortable but it is also best if you practice this technique so in all circumstances keep in mind that you can do this in a car, the bathroom or even lying down and gain the benefits of this ancient breathing exercise. I am giving you the more formal, ”I have time for this” method.
Siddhasana or Lotus Position
The next step is to use the appropriate Mudra. The term Mudra applies to the use of hand gestures used to channel particular energetic goals during meditation. Each finger is associated with a certain element.
According to the sages by connecting the fingers to each other we are pushing energy points in the fingers and hands manipulating and connecting energy flows in the mind and body. Once you are seated in a comfortable position place your left hand in Chin Mudra (see below), which is palm up with index finger and pinky finger forming a circle. Now place your left hand in Chin Mudra on your left knee!
Now that you are in the partial position here is
How to do this Amazing breathing Technique:
- With your right hand bring your pointer finger and middle finger and rest them between your eyebrows. You will be using the ring finger and the thumb to block the air between nostrils.
- Either gaze lightly at the tip of your nose or close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths in and out evenly through your nose.
- Close your right nostril with your thumb and inhale slowly and long through your left nostril.
- Close your left nostril with your ring finger holding the breath and at the end of your inhale pause briefly
- Open your right nostril and release the breath slow and steady, pausing at the end of the exhale.
- Repeat this process 3-10 cycles.
- When you open your eyes be sure to tune in to how you are feeling.
- Take a cycle of three deep breaths to close this your session.
I always take mental or literal notes as to how I am feeling after doing Pranayama.
Keep a journal and write down your thoughts, we would love to hear your thoughts on Nadi Shodhana!
Come back to this practice as much as you can to feel the benefit!
Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ
Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur