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alternate breathing

Bertrand Charlot
09/05/2018

Alternate Breathing (Nadi Shodhana), a balancing pranamaya ideal for embracing the change of seasons!

" Nadi " means " channel " and " Shodhana " means " purification, cleansing "
With all of this new energy returning as warmer weather arrives, it can be even more difficult to stay still in everyday life or when practicing sitting meditation.
This pranayama, by its technique which seems a little complex at the beginning, helps to have a point of concentration which allows us to detach ourselves from our thoughts quickly and find a feeling of calm and immediate well-being !
Indeed, one of the benefits of this practice is to slow the heart rate, thus reducing stress and anxiety . This pranayama is also known to rebalance the male and female energies and purify the "nadis" (energy channels of the body) so that the energy diffuses more easily and thus releases certain areas of tension.

Method :

  • Sit comfortably with your legs crossed.
  • Form a fist with your right hand. The index and middle fingers are folded together on the palm of the hand. The ring finger and the little finger are glued together, forming only one finger. Between the thumb and the last two fingers is thus formed a clamp which is used to block the nostrils alternately. -> you have just formed the Vishnu Mudra , a gesture known to help clear the energy channels.
  • Use your thumb (right hand) to block your right nostril . Inhale through the left nostril.
  • Now block your left nostril with your right ring finger and exhale through the right nostril.
  • Similarly, with the left nostril still blocked, inhale from the right nostril then switch fingers and exhale from the left nostril. It gives you a ride!
Try to practice this pranayama at least 10 times to familiarize yourself with this technique. You can practice it anywhere and at any time of the day.
Namaste 🙏
Sasha - YUJ TEAM