Is it just me or have you also been feeling super unbalanced lately? With everything that is happening I’ve been doing my best to try and stay in routine and find balance where I can. I wanted to share this balancing breath called Nadi Shodhana (pronounced Nadi Sho-Da-Nah) which literally means “channel purification”.
This breath practice lowers your heart rate, reduces stress and anxiety, balances the two hemispheres of the brain, and purifies the subtle energy channels so that the breath (prana) can flow more easily. So, whenever you are feeling like you need to recenter you can move through a few rounds of this breath to re-balance your energy.
To start come to a comfortable seat and place your left hand on top of your left thigh/knee with your palm facing up of in what is called Chin Mudra; thumb and middle finger gently touching at the tips. Bring your right hand to Vishnu Mudra, turn your index and middle finger down, leaving your thumb ring and pinky finger extended.
Gently close the right nostril by applying light pressure, with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril then close it with the left ring finger, open and exhale slowly through the right nostril. Keep the right nostril open, inhale, close it, then open and exhale slowly through the left. This is one completes one cycle.
Allow all the inhales and exhales to be of the same length without a pause. Breathing should be diaphragmatic , slow, controlled and with no extertion.
You can repeat this for as many cycles as you like but try and do at least 4-5 cycles as a minimum.