Nadi Shodhana (Channel Clearing or Alternate Nostril) Breath is a technique that can be used to help relieve stress and balance both sides of the brain. Be sure to keep the breath smooth and effortless as you move through each breath cycle.
1. Start by finding a comfortable, stable seat and taking a few deep, steady breaths with the eyes closed and the hands resting on the thighs. Elongate the spine and soften the shoulders, jaw and brow.
2. When you feel centered, bring the right hand to Vishnu Mudra by connecting the pointer and middle finger to the palm.
3. Begin by gently closing the right nostril with the thumb and inhaling through the left nostril. Gently close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale out the right nostril. Keep the right nostril open, Inhale. Pause. Exhale through the left. Continue this cycle for about a minute, or longer if appropriate.
4. End your last round by exhaling through the left nostril. Release Vishnu Mudra and allow the right hand to rest on the thigh. Keeping the eyes closed, allow yourself several moments to bathe in the afterglow of this soothing breath work.
Watch this short video for a demonstration from Maggie Ryan.