This is the first post of a series about breathing techniques where you will find some of the best exercises for clearing energy blocks.
You’re sitting at your desk, trying to focus on your work. The next big project is due soon, and you have a ton of research left to do.
Your chest is tight, you feel butterflies in your stomach, and most of the air is still in your lungs.
You feel like you can’t breathe.
It might sound like your body is playing tricks on you, but breathing problems are real. There’s even a name for it: dyspnea.
Being unable to get air into the lungs can lead to anxiety, poor mental performance and poor physical performance.
Conversely, breathing well can help you to improve your health and performance.
Luckily enough, Yoga offers us a whole science of breathing called Pranayama.
Pranayama is an ancient technique that helps us improve our physical and mental health.
The purpose of Pranayama is to consciously manage the universal energy (known as prana) through controlled inhalation and exhalations.
There are several kinds of pranayama exercises, and I want to share with you some of them.
I will share a Breathing Series with the most important pranayama practices, so I suggest you follow my youtube channel and my IG, as I will be teaching them LIVE!
Please let me know if you try some of them and how it goes! I will be happy to hear about your experience with it.
This week you are going to learn Nadi Sodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing. Check my LIVE video here.
This breathing technique is one of my favourites. It is also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing and is a great way to calm your way and balance your energies. Here is how to practice it:
- Sit on a chair or cross-legged on the floor and make sure your spine is relaxed yet straight up.
- Relax your left palm into your lap or put the index finger and thumb together.
- Place your right index and middle finger between your eyebrows.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.
- Place the right thumb on our right nostril, close it and inhale through the left nostril.
- Close the left nostril with your thumb, so both nostrils are closed; hold your breath for some seconds.
- Release the right thumb, open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.
- Inhale through the right side slowly.
- Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).
- Open your left nostril and release your breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly before inhaling again.
- Repeat 5-10 cycles, allowing your mind to follow your breath
WHY SHOULD YOU PRACTICE IT?
Alternate Nostril Breath is one of the most beneficial techniques for calming your body and mind. This simple yet effective process can help you overcome anxiety, stress or even difficulty sleeping if done regularly at bedtime!
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