Nadi Shodana Pranayama – Alternate Nostril Breath – How To

Nadi Shodana Pranayama – Alternate Nostril Breath – How To

This how-to video shows the hand position and basic rotation of breath for this highly therapeutic pranayama practice.  Also known as cleansing breath.  There are many different methods of Nadi Shodona ranging from the beginner to more advanced practices including breath retention and locks.

Preparation: The left hands rests in chin mudra, first finger & thumb connected, palm faced down, on the knee or thigh, and Vishnu mudra (index & middle finger folded into palm, thumb and last two fingers lifted) is taken with the right hand, using the thumb & ring fingers to block off the nostrils.

Basic Technique: Inhale Right, Exhale Left, no breath retention

Beginner Technique: Inhale Right, hold briefly, Exhale Left, Inhale Left, hold briefly, Exhale Right (i.e. switching on the exhale) – this is 1 complete round.

Nadi Shodana Pranayama helps to alleviate headaches and insomnia while balancing both hemispheres of the brain.  This technique is also great for relieving stress and may help head off any sinus issues as a result of a cold or seasonal sniffles.

Namaste.  Sat Nam.

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