Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breath): I do this breath everyday and have really seen results. For the physical body it can bring balance and harmony to the system. It’s a good practice for menopause. It’s very good for mood swings. But it is not just for women. It’s about balance, which is something we all need in our lives. When breathing on alternate sides, the breath goes to the opposite side of the brain, which balances us mentally. Because one side of the brain is the side that keeps us fired up and active and the other side helps us think and or sleep. Nadi Shodhana is very good for resorting our natural sleep patterns. It can be done just before bed or first thing in the morning.
On an energetic level, it helps decongest and purify the nadis (channels of energy running up each side of the body). Ida is the feminine side, the lunar, yin, physically relaxing, passive, receptive side that controls sense organs. Pingala is the masculine, solar, yin side that activates and makes us dynamic. These sides of us need balance.
Sit comfortably on a chair or cushion, spine tall. Run your right thumb down the right side of your nose to just below the bone and close off the right side. Breathe in through the left nostril. Close off the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale through the right side. Now inhale through the right side. Block off the right side and exhale through the left. That is one round. Do this for 15 minutes daily, in a calm place. If you do this everyday for 30 days, I promise you will feel more balance in your life. You will react less. It really works. Of course, it is best to work with an experienced teacher at first.
May your life be balanced and beautiful.
Namasté, René Quenell
Owner, Yoga Madre