Alternate nostril breathing is the process of breathing alternatively between each nostril. Please watch the video for a demonstration.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Alternate nostril breathing, practised regularly has many benefits such as quick transition into a more relaxed state, slowing down of your body’s metabolism, deeper and more relaxed sleep, benefits to your nervous system all leading to improved health.
When breathing in through your left nostril, this affects the right hemisphere of the brain; when breathing in through your right nostril, this affects the left hemisphere of the brain, ultimately synchronising the brain making function more effectively.
I first learnt this breathing exercise whilst studying Kundalini Maha Yoga and proved very beneficial pre meditation. In the class it was practised fro up to 10 minutes but I generally practice this technique daily for between 10 and 30 minutes.
This technique should not be practised if you have form of blockage in the nasal passages. It is also important to ensure the practice is slow and steady.
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