Nadi Shodhana – How to Practice?

Nadi Shodhana is also known as the sweet breath. It is simply the alternate nostril breathing that is great for beginners. Nadi refers to the channels or pathways through which the prana flows. Shodhana refers to cleansing. Therefore, Nadi Shodhana is nothing but the cleansing of the channels through which prana flows.

How to practice Nadi Shodhana
  • Hold your right hand up whilst curling your index and your middle fingers inwards your palm.
  • Place the thumb of your right hand next to the right nostril and your ring finger and pinky by your left as if you were going to hold your nose.
  • Close your right nostril by pressing with your thumb.
  • Now inhale from your left nostril.
  • Take slow, full and steady breaths.
  • Close your left nostril with your ring finger and your pinky.
  • Relax your thumb to open your right nostril.
  • Exhale fully and with a slow and steady breath.
  • Next inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril.

Therefore, one entire round of nadi shodhana includes –

  • Inhaling through left
  • Exhaling through right
  • Inhaling through right nostril
  • Exhaling through left nostril

Start practicing with about 5 – 10 rounds and go on adding as you feel comfortable practicing it. Always keep your breath full, slow and easy. Try doing it as a mental warm up before doing meditation for a calm mind.

Nadi Shodhana works wonders for calming the mind and relieving stress and anxiety and promotes clear thinking.

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