Nadi Shodhana Breathing Calms the Nerves
Nadi Shodhana Breathing Through Alternate Nostril
Also known as alternate nostril breathing, Nadi Shodhana is a relaxation technique that helps to calm the nervous system. This breathing is most effective when done properly, such as with Yoga & Meditation. First, sit comfortably. Preferably in a cross-legged position. Take the first two fingers of the right hand to the third eye . . . Ajna chakra. Open and close the right nostril with the right thumb and left nostril with the right ring finger. As you inhale deeply through the left nostril, close off the right nostril with your right thumb. Count to yourself; one om, two om, three om, etc. As high as possible, with no tension.
Try starting with a count of four or five. After closing the left nostril with the right ring finger, exhale out the right by releasing the thumb. Do this one count longer than the inhale. So, if you inhale a count of four, you exhale a count of five. Follow this way . . . inhaling through the left, exhaling out the right, then inhaling through the right and exhaling out the left for a few minutes. Ultimately, 3-5 minutes is a good starting point, then 5-10 minutes is a great effort.
Balancing Your Masculine and Feminine
This yogic form of breathing/pranayama helps balance the masculine and feminine within oneself. It creates a free flow of energy up and down Ida and Pingala nadis, the two primary energy lines (pingala=masculine and ida=feminine) up and down the body. It is said that once these two energy channels are completely flowing, unobstructed, the primary Nadi Sushumna flows smoothly. Sushumna runs up and down the spine. When it is perfectly open, one can reach Enlightenment. Even if Enlightenment is out of reach or not desired, Nadi Shodhana helps to create a perfectly calm relaxed nervous system state, something we can all benefit from.