Nadi Shodan Pranayama
is a beautiful breathing technique that helps keep the mind calm, happy and peaceful by just practicing it for a few minutes.
It also helps release accumulated tension and fatigue.
The Nadi Shodhan, helps clear out blocked energy channels in the body, thereby ensuring smooth flow of prana (life force) through the body.
It calms the mind.
Nadi Shodhan pranayama helps to bring the mind back to the present moment, from regretting or glorifying the past and getting anxious about the future
Solves circulatory and respiratory problems.
Harmonize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personality.
Helps purify and balance the nadis, the subtle energy channels, thereby ensuring smooth flow of prana (life force) through the body.
Maintains body temperature.
How to Perform:
Sit comfortably with your spine erect and shoulders relaxed. Keep a gentle smile on your face.
Place your left hand on the left knee, palms open to the sky or in Chin Mudra (thumb and index finger gently touching at the tips).
Place the tip of the index finger and middle finger of the right hand in between the eyebrows, the ring finger and little finger on the left nostril, and the thumb on the right nostril. We will use the ring finger and little finger to open or close the left nostril and thumb for the right nostril.
Press your thumb down on the right nostril and breathe out gently through the left nostril.
Now breathe in from the left nostril and then press the left nostril gently with the ring finger and little finger. Removing the right thumb from the right nostril, breathe out from the right.
Breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left. You have now completed one round of Nadi Shodhan pranayama. Continue inhaling and exhaling from alternate nostrils.
Complete 9 such rounds by alternately breathing through both the nostrils. After every exhalation, remember to breathe in from the same nostril from which you exhaled. Keep your eyes closed throughout and continue taking long, deep, smooth breaths without any force or effort.
Practice on empty stomach