Alternate nostril breathing: The Yoga breath of serenity

You know how important breathing is for our physical and mental well-being. The high paced lifestyle of present age exhausts most of us and sucks our vitality. If we do not take some quiet time for ourselves, we may soon find ourselves burnt out. One of the easiest ways to relax and build energy is to learn to breathe correctly. Letting go of all the tensions of life for some moments can be the best and easiest way to relax. How can we let go of something? We do it by not holding on to it.

Breath is ideal lesson for practicing letting go. We will learn a breathing exercise that purifies our whole being and synchronizes the right and left side of your brain.  If you are a left-brain person you are logical, analytic and judgmental. If you are a right-brain person you are emotional, intuitive and spontaneous in nature. You see, we need all of these qualities balanced to live successfully. So it is important to synchronize the left and right brain, so that they can function as a whole. The breathing technique we are going to discuss helps us to do just that. It is known as Anuloma-Viloma or alternate nostril breathing. It cleanses you of your stress and tension too.

To do the alternate Nostril Breathing, sit in an upright position and relax. Take a few deep breaths. Allow your breath to smooth out. Now use your right thumb to close your right nostril and breathe in through your left nostril in your natural breathing rhythm. When you finish your inhalation, close your left nostril using your right middle and ring finger joined together and breathe out through the right nostril slowly, lifting your thumb away from it. When you finish your exhalation, breathe in immediately through your right nostril and put your thumb down on the right nostril to close it. Open your left nostril and breathe out. There will be no gap and no retention of breath. This makes one cycle.

Alternate nostril breathing

Yoga breath of calm

Though it sounds complicated, it is not. In fact, with a very little practice, you will love to do it. You will find a rhythm.  Begin with one round and you may do up to four to five rounds easily. Benefit of alternate nostril breathing is immense. You will find that your mind becomes still and peaceful, after you do this. When you do it along with mindfulness meditation, the benefit becomes cumulative.


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About Gayatri Clabonova

Gayatri Clabonova is an author, book-lover, life-coach and teacher of Yoga and meditation. She loves to explore Life in all ways. Music, mountaineering and photography are her favorite hobbies.
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