Not only does this breath practice help clean out those nasal passages it also helps balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain leaving us feeling calm and balanced. A calm and balanced nervous system in turn allows our immune system to do it’s job optimally. It can increase our flow of prana, or vital energy, leaving us more resilient in the face of all those incoming germs!!
The right hand is used to control the opening and closing of the nostrils. The right thumb covers the right nostril and the ring finger covers the left nostril. Make sure the pressure does not move the septum. The index and middle finger rest in towards the palm or on the third eye space between the brows. The right arm is held on a downward angle with minimal tension and without any weight resting on the rib cage.
Nadi Sodhana (pathway cleansing-alternate nostril)
1. Close the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril
2. Close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale through the right nostril
3. Keep the left nostril closed and inhale through the right nostril
4. Close the right nostril with the thumb and exhale through the left nostril
5. Continue for as many cycles as feels comfortable, approximately 5-10 minutes
Rest and breath naturally if you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, or short of breath.