Nadi Shodana is a form of pranayama (yogic breath control), which is very simple and has an extremely positive effect on our body and mind. This technique is also known as "happy breath" or "sweet breath" that is a form of alternate breathing through holes of the nose. "Nadi" means the channel and "Shodana" means purification. By practising Nadi Shodana you cleanse your channels of Energy.
We have two energy channels within our body - Ida and Pingala. We activate Ida through breathing air with the left nostril that represents feminine, lunar energy and gives a cooling effect. Pingala is activated by breathing through the right nostril and symbolizes male, solar and warming energy.
Nadi Shodana helps activating the whole brain by balancing right and left hemispheres. This exercise is a fast and effective way to clear your mind and calm your emotions. You will notice the first results after 2-3 minutes of exercise.
Step-by-step to Nadi Shodana breathing:
Here are some tips on how to improve the pranayama and avoid voltage:
- make sure you exhale all the air before you start the inhalation. The inhale should last as long as the exhale to avoid hyperventilation
- let your breathing be relaxed and calm, you should not feel any sense of tension
- focus al your attention on your breath
- close your eyes during the practice to direct your attention inward
You can practice Nadi Shodhana almost anywhere, so it's a great way to remain calm and relaxed during the entire day. It can be used before or during meditation. It also helps to calm the mind down before the practice and it may also be used as a focal point during meditation. It is particularly useful at the beginning of your adventure with meditation. Enjoy your new breathing technique and let me know how do you find this practice below!
may the peace vibe your life