Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) is a breathing exercise that involves alternating which nostril you breathe in and out through while blocking the opposite.
It is very easy to learn and has many health benefits. Practice 5 minutes each morning and evening.
- Calms your thinking and helps you rest and relax more easily, helping the quality of sleep.
- Calms your mind which can help you think more clearly, make better decisions and better handle stress.
- Cleanses your lungs by removing stale air and impurities especially from the bottom section of your lungs.
Here's how you do it:
Find a comfortable seated position, sit up nice and tall. Close your eyes. Using your right hand, place your two peace fingers in the middle of your eyebrows, close off your right nostril with your thumb as you inhale slowly through the left nostril. Then close off you left nostril with your ring finger and exhale slowly through the right nostril. Then inhale slowly through the right, switch fingers and exhale slowly through the left. Repeat for 5 minutes. As you get better at it, you might want to include a slight pause as you switch from side to side.