What would you say if you could improve your sleep, encourage a calmer emotional state, boost your thinking power and soothe your nervous system…all through breathing!
Introducing….. Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Here are the basic steps to getting started:
Step one: Use right thumb to close off right nostril.
Step two: Inhale slowly through left nostril
Step three: Now close left nostril with ring finger and release thumb off right nostril
Step four: Exhale through your right nostril
Step five: Now, inhale through right nostril
Step six: Use thumb to close of right nostril
Step seven: Breathe out through left nostril
Step eight: This is one round.
If this is your first time trying alternate nostril breathing, remember to breathe from your belly and not only from your lungs. (This is often a common mistake) If you do breathe from your lungs only, you are not breathing fully. You will feel greater benefits if you do breathe from your stomach and then let it rise to your lungs.
You will release stored toxins and increase blood flow to your organs and keep your digestive system happy. You will also calm your mind, get grounded and relax your nervous system.
It really is that easy but, as in all alternative therapies or practices…one time won’t be enough. To fully benefit you would really need to practice on a regular basis, then you will have wondered why you didn’t start sooner!
Tip: Try breathing from the back of your lungs as opposed to rising the ribcage only…but do this after you have the mastered the belly to lung breathing.
Also, if you’ve not been breathing “fully” then you may get a sensation of dizziness so just take it easy and it will come with practice. One to two rounds the first time is enough, ultimately though you may want to reach ten rounds if you are practicing daily.
Once you have been doing this technique for a little while you will notice how it will also effect your regular “day to day ” breathing. And you might even begin to notice how you hold your breath during moments of stress, when in crisis mode or just before a “big meeting”, perhaps even if you are having an unsavoury telephone discussion….
Awareness is the key to releasing old tendencies or bad habits…so the next time you do notice, take a moment and breathe from your belly, give yourself a moment to identify what is happening and come back to it from an active perspective as opposed to a reactive one.
If you would like to read about the mulitple benefits of this breathing technique; click on the following link (which I really love) and read on…
Enjoy and start breathing today!