Implement Healthy Breathing Through “Nostril” Breathing:
Your nose is directly linked to your brain and nervous system.
Breathing in through your left nostril will access the right “feeling” hemisphere of your brain, and breathing in through your right nostril, will access the left “thinking” hemisphere of your brain. Consciously alternating your breath between either nostril will allow you to activate and access your whole brain. Watch my video.
Benefits of alternate nostril breathing:
A few rounds of alternate nostril breathing is a quick pick me up if you are feeling flat, tired or even stressed. It provides your body with a much needed dose of extra energy.
2: Improved Brain Functioning:
When you mind is dull – concentration and clarity is poor. Alternate nostril breathing brings equal amounts of oxygen to both sides of the brain for improved brain function. Five minutes of alternate nostril breathing before an exam or interview is a great way to access your whole brain for improved performance. Remember the brain loses hydration first so drink water as well.
3: Cleansing of lungs:
A daily five minute practice morning and night of alternate nostril breathing is great way to remove stale air and impurities from the bottom of your lungs.
4: Calming of mind:
A few minutes of focused alternate nostril breathing is helpful (for me) in calming the “over thinking” and “over-doing” mind.
5: Merging of the left “thinking” brain and right “feeling brain:
Alternate nostril breathing optimizes both sides of your brain so you can access your whole brain, and all the benefits that go with it.
6: Creating a calmer emotional state:
The longer you practice, the more stable your thinking, and the calmer your emotions will become.
7: Improved sleep:
If you can’t sleep at night lay on your right hand side, gently close your right nostril with your right thumb and breath through your left nostril. This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which will calm you down and slow your heart rate. Left nostril breathing is cooling, calming and nourishing for your whole being.
8: Preparation for meditation:
Alternate nostril breathing is a simple little trick that can be practiced for a few minutes before you begin meditating.
9: Soothing of nervous system:
By focusing on your breath and deepening it, your brain will register this message and trigger the parasympathetic nervous system. You have effectively switched your nervous system from a stressed response, into a relaxation response. Single left nostril breathing (by closing your right nostril) will direct the flow of oxygen and energy to the right hemisphere of your brain, allowing once again, for the parasympathetic nervous system to be switched on.
10: Clearing and boosting your energy levels:
Alternate nostril breathing improves and directs the flow of energy throughout your body – preventing sluggishness. It oxygenates your blood.
11: Enhances rest and relaxation:
Alternate nostril breathing melts away an imbalances between the right and left hemisphere of your brain and calms your thinking. This is perfect for helping you access rest and relaxation far more efficiently.
An alternate nostril breathing exercise – purifying breath:
Step one: Use right thumb to close off right nostril.
Step two: Inhale slowly through left nostril
Step three: Pause for a second
Step four: Now close left nostril with ring finger and release thumb off right nostril
Step five: Exhale through your right nostril
Step six: Now, inhale through right nostril
Step seven: Pause
Step eight: Use thumb to close of right nostril
Step nine: Breathe out through left nostril
Step ten: This is one round. Start slowly with 1 or 2 rounds and gradually increase. Don’t force. Sit quietly for a few moments after you have finished.
Do not hold your breath if you have high blood pressure. More advanced methods of alternate nostril breathing need to be practiced with an experienced practitioner. Practicing on an empty stomach is preferred.