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Nadi Shodhana

Nadi is translated as “energy channel” and shodhana means “purification”. This pranayama is practiced as alternating breathing through one nostril and then through the other on Nadi Shodhana is ideal for those who are often in stressful situations. This is a good way to calm the mind before meditation or yoga. Pranayama nadi shodhana calms the nervous system and balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, creative and logical thinking, and many other aspects that require balance.

How to practice

Sit comfortably with a straight back. Place your left hand on your left thigh, palm up. Close the tips of the thumb and index finger together, and stretch the rest of the fingers in a relaxed way. Bring your right hand to your face. With the tips of your index and middle fingers, touch the point between the eyebrows. Close the right nostril with your thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Then open the right nostril and close the left with the ring finger. Exhale through the right nostril. And then immediately inhale through the right. Then exhale through the left and all in a new circle. Close the right nostril again with your thumb and open the left. Exhale through the left nostril. And so on, continue to breathe alternately through one nostril and then through the other.

Breathe slowly and calmly. Inhales and exhales of equal length. Do 10 breaths and observe how your inner state has changed.