Video: Nadi Shodana Pranayama

As part of the sleeping series, this breathing exercise helps to calm the mind and release fears and anxiety before going to bed.

This exercise is all about equilibrium, as it balances each side of the nostrils, the brain and the body.

From a physical point of view, it unblocks the sinuses – as you can feel the deepness in the air going all the way up your head. The cooling effect on the mind helps to release anger, anxiety or depression. It also helps to loosen up and relax any side of the body that may be tight or sore.

From the energetic point of view, breathing exercises influences directly the pineal gland – the third eye chakra located deep in the centre of the brain, in an area called the epithalamus; where the two halves of the brain join. Our nose is directly linked to the brain and nervous system, the reason why Nadi Shodana subconsciously realigns the feminine – represented by the left thinking/intuitive side –  and the masculine – represented by the “thinking/rational”- sides. Consciously alternating your breath between your nostrils can therefore allow you to activate and access your whole brain and balance the two energies.

Instructions for the pranayama as seen on video:

  • Sit in a comfortable position
  • Gently close your right nostril with your thumb
  • Inhale through your left nostril, then close it with your ring-little fingers.
  • Hold the breath
  • Open and exhale slowly through the right nostril
  • Keep the right nostril open, inhale, then close it, and open and exhale slowly through the left

This is one cycle. Repeat 3 to 5 times, then release the hand on your 3rd eye and go back to normal breathing.

Thanks for watching and let me know if you try this at home…

Dipa

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