Welcome to this week’s video Stop Anxiety Today.  Due to the nature of this video I will not be doing a transcript since I’m pretty certain once you get it, this breath will start to flow even without me narrating each breath!

Instructions on how to do Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)

  1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect and shoulders relaxed. Let your face be soft.  Relax your jaw.  Find space between the teeth.
  2. Place your left hand on the left knee, palms open to the sky.
  3. Place the little finger on the left nostril, and the thumb on the right nostril. We will use the little finger to open or close the left nostril and thumb for the right nostril.
  4. Press your thumb down on the right nostril and breathe out gently through the left nostril.
  5. Now breathe in from the left nostril and then press the left nostril gently with the little finger. Removing the right thumb from the right nostril, breathe out from the right.
  6. Breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left. You have now completed one round of Nadi Shodhan pranayama. Continue inhaling and exhaling from alternate nostrils.
  7. After every exhalation, remember to breathe in from the same nostril from which you exhaled. Keep your eyes closed throughout and continue taking long, deep, smooth breaths without any force or effort.

This technique will definitely help you stop your anxiety in its tracks.

Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing: 

  • Creates whole brain functioning by balancing the right and left hemispheres.
  • Is both integrating and grounding.
  • Purifies the ida and pingala nadis, gently.
  • Creates a deep sense of well-being and harmony on the physical, mental, and emotional levels.
  • Can help with headaches, migraines, and other stress-related symptoms.
  • Inhale left, exhale right: Helps to make you calm and integrates unwanted negative emotions and stress. Excellent by itself before bed.
  • Inhale right, exhale left: Gives clarity, and positive mood. Helps us to focus on what is important.

If you are looking for a few more reasons why alternate nostril breathing should be added to your arsenal of healing tools – check out this article.