The art of breathing is an involuntary pleasure known to living beings. We know it, and we do it without any prior knowledge. However, Yoga is always gifted with the science to make things better for us. Breathing is no different!
The Alternative Nostril breathing, commonly known as Nadi Shodhan Pranayama, is by far the best technique in yoga to keep your mind at ease and calmness. It is undoubtedly a happy and peaceful practice that helps the practitioner in releasing the unnecessary tension and fatigue accumulated in the mind. Clearing all the blocked energies of channels of the body, Nadi Shodhan Pranayama has the power to instantly put your mind at ease. In typical yoga, the asana is also regarded as ‘Anulom Vilompranayama’.
Nadi Shodhan Pranayama resembles the union of three words where Nadi means energy channel, Shodhan connotes cleansing or purification and Pranayama reflect the technique of breathing.
7 Steps of Doing Nadi Shodhan Pranayama:
- Sit comfortably while keeping your spine straight, legs folded and shoulders relaxed. A subtle smile on your face is a must.
- Bring your right hand near your chin and cover the nostrils with your index and middle finger. The left hand should rest on the left knee.
- The tip of your index and middle finger should rest somewhere near the eyebrows, while the ring and little finger should be on the left nostril. Cover the right nostril with the thumb.
- While pressing the right nostril with the thumb, breathe out through the left nostril.
- Now repeat the process of alternate breathing from either nostril, doing both breathing in and out.
- The one complete round of breathing includes inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling from the left.
- For best results, you should complete 10 fuller rounds of Nadi Shodhan Pranayama.
The Many Benefits of Doing Nadi Shodhan Pranayama:
- For a Peaceful Body: Keeps your body, mind and soul at ease and peace. An excellent breathing mechanism that ensures the best functioning of body organs.
- Helps Human Mind in several Ways: We all want to live in the present. However, the mind has its own way. Thanks to the Nadi Shodhan Pranayama asana for bringing back the mind to the present form of living.
- Boost proper functioning of body organs: Nadi Shodhan Pranayama can effectively boost the proper functioning of circulatory and respiratory system.
- Good for releasing stress: Bid farewell to all the unnecessary stress with the help of this asana as it helps to keep your mind in a positive frame of thoughts.
- Purifies Energy Channels: Nadi Shodhan Pranayama not only helps the purification of air but also balances the nadis. It ensures the best flow of prana i.e. life forces of the body.