Use this breathing technique for calming anxiety, to quiet your mind before work, traveling, bedtime or entering a challenging situation.
Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) is a simple but effective procedure that deeply relaxes the mind and body.
There are many types of alternate nostril breathing, but they all help regulate the flow of air through your nasal passages. Here is an easy practice you can try right now:
- Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril.
- At the peak of your inhalation, close off your left nostril with your third and fourth fingers, then exhale smoothly through your right nostril.
- After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation.
- Repeat this sequence for the next few breaths, following the same pattern. Allow your breathing to be effortless and your mind to simply observe the inflow/outflow of your breath.