Nadi Shodhana Breathing Through Alternate-Nostril

Nadi Shodhana, also known as alternate-nostril breathing is deeply relaxing and helps to calm the nervous system when done properly, such as with Yoga & Meditation.  First, sit comfortably – preferably in a cross-legged position.  Take the first two finger of the right hand to the third eye – ajna chakra, and use the right thumb to open and close the right nostril and the right ring finger to open and close the left nostril.  Start by closing off the right nostril with the right thumb, inhaling deeply through the left nostril.  Count to yourself – one om, two om, three om, etc.  As high as possible with no tension – maybe starting with a count of four or five.  Then, close of the left nostril with the right ring finger and exhale out the right by releasing the thumb, again counting one om, two om, etc. – one count longer than the inhale.  So, if you inhale a count of four, your exhale will be 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 – 3-5 minutes to start and progressing to 5-10 minutes with more practice.

This yogic form of breathing/pranayama helps balance the masculine and feminine within oneself – creating 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.

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Nadi Shodhana Breathing to Calm the Nervous System to release and reconnect through Meditation Breathing

Nadi shodhana pranayama is a hatha yoga practice that purifies the energy channels in the subtle body through alternate-nostril breathing. Shodhana means “to purify.”  SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats offers Yoga and Meditation Retreats that will teach you how restored this calm balance through Nadi shadhana.  If you can slow your breathing down (through meditation for example) you can balance your chakras and process personal hurts; which in hand will allow you to effectively maintain your perspective. When practicing Yoga and Meditation, you may encounter uncomfortable negative emotions through your breathing quickly; however you will be able to change the perception and programming of your unconscious mind, in effect training the sub-conscious mind to scan for miracles instead of threats.