NadiShodhan Pranayama is an Alternate Breathing Technique. This Pranayam calms your body, makes one happy and peaceful. The meaning of the Pranayam – Nadi means Subtle Energy Channel, Shodhan is Cleansing or Purification. The blocked energy channels are cleansed and your body and soul are purified. Practice NadiShodhan Pranayama for few minutes daily and see the difference in you!
How to practice NadiShodhan Pranayam
- Sit comfortably in an erect position on a yoga mat in an open space with lots of fresh air.
- Placing your left hand on your knee, bring up your right hand towards your face.
- Place the thumb on right nostril, ring & little finger on left nostril.
- Your index & middle finger would be on the spot between your brows.
- After you have settled in this position, slowly press your thumb on the right nostril and breathe out from the left nostril.
- Now breathe in from the left nostril itself.
- Release the right nostril and exhale.
- Inhale from the right nostril and exhale from the left nostril
- Start inhaling from the nostril you have exhaled. Repeat this round of inhaling and exhaling 9 times.
- Your eyes must be gently shut throughout.
- Do not exhale or inhale forcefully, practice the breathing technique gently and slowly.
NadiShodhan Pranayama, takes you to a meditative state, gently soothing your nerves and calming you.
Benefits of Nadishodhan Pranayama
- This respiratory exercise soothes your nerves and calms your body completely.
- It makes you forget all the troubles or distractions you have and improves your concentration power and focus.
- The wandering mind comes to the present. You are calm and composed, leaving behind all the worries and negative thoughts.
- NadiShodhan Pranayam harmonizes both the sides of our brain.
- The subtle energy channels are purified and a flush of positive energy flows through our entire body.
- Our body temperature is also maintained.
Precautionary measures while practicing NadiShodhan Pranayam
- Do not inhale or exhale forcefully.
- Nadishodhan Pranayama is practiced through gentle breathing
- If you feel dizzy or feel like yawning, check the duration of inhaling and exhaling, both must be equal, so that fresh Oxygen is supplied to the body. Just breathe in normally and start the pranayam.
- All pranayams to be practiced in empty stomach, early mornings are best.
NadiShodhan Pranayam can be done 2-3 times a day, but on empty stomach.