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Sunday Chill: Breathing technique Nadi Shodhana

How to use the breathing technique Nadi Shodhana as a reset button for your mind.

You know those days when everything you do just doesn't seem to work out as planned? When you try to make an egg sunny side up, and not only do you break the egg yoke you also drop eggshells into the frying pan. You reach for your pen and inadvertently you knock over your coffee mug spilling it all over your clothes, papers and anything that was within the splash zone. Those days when the world seems to be plotting against you. My mom always says when you accidentally drop multiple things on one day someone wants to talk to you. Well I know who wants to speak to me; it is my inner voice telling me to SLOW DOWN. 

Take a moment to slow down

Your inner voice is fed up with you not listening. It is now communicating with your brain and making you lose your motoring skills. It is time to stop what you are doing and to take a moment to relax and center your energy. Using breathing exercises will help you to refocus your energy and slow down. Don't try to convince yourself you don't have the time or you don't need to listen to your inner voice, because you really do. Besides you might as well take a moment to slow down because the way your day is going you will end up poking yourself in the eye while tripping over your own two feet. 

Breathing technique; Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) 

The benefits:

If you need a reset button this is a good way to do that. This technique will help you focus your mind, leaves you feeling calm and less anxious. It helps remove toxins and also supports the respiratory functions. 

How to perform Nadi Shodhana:

Step 1: Relax your body and sit comfortably, making sure your spine is straight. Place your left palm onto your lap and bring your right hand in front of your face. 

Step 2: Rest your pointer finger and middle finger between your eyebrows. These two fingers will be your anchor during this breathing exercise. You'll only use your thumb and ring finger actively during this technique. 

Step 3: Now close your eyes and slowly take a deep breath; inhale and exhale through your nose.

Step 4: Before your next breath close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale slowly and steadily through the left nostril.

Step 5: Still closing your right nostril with your right thumb also close the left nostril with your ring finger; closing both nostrils. Now hold your breath for a brief pause at the top of the inhaled breath. 

Step 6: Slowly open your right nostril and release the breath steadily through the right side; at the bottom of the exhale pause briefly. 

Step 7: Slowly inhale through the right side and at the top of the inhale close both nostrils with your ring finger and thumb. 

Step 8: To end the cycle open your left nostril and release your breath slowly and steadily through the left side. Again pausing briefly at the bottom.

Step 9: Repeat steps 4 to 8 for one complete cycle. Do 5 to 10 cycles. 

Namaste and with love, Ana 

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