― B.K.S. Iyengar,
In the Yogic tradition, pranayama (breath) is considered to be one of the 8 limbs of yoga. According to the YogaOutlet.com, "Alternate Nostril Breathing — Nadi Shodhana (NAH-dee shoh-DAH-nuh) — is a purifying pranayama that alternates the blockage of each nostril, channeling the air throughout your body in a concentrated flow. It balances the nadis, or channels of energy throughout the body, and harmonizes the left and right hemispheres of the brain, easing stress and anxiety. Its name comes from two Sanskrit words:
- “Nadi” — meaning “channel”
- “Shodhana” — meaning “cleansing” or “purifying”
Your nose is directly connected to your brain and nervous system, so it's a perfect tool to aid in restoring the imbalances in your system. Did you know that your left nostril is associated with a calming, while your right nostril is considered to be energizing? Begin incorporating this practice into your daily healing routines and watch as your begin to reap the benefits of balance and increased calmness!
May You Sweetly Seek:)
*As with any new practice it's always advised that you consult a health care professional to make sure that this practice is optimal for you. Contraindications would include high blood pressure, asthma or emphysema.*