Alternate Nostril Breathing (nadi sodhana) is a yoga breathing exercise (pranayama) that calms and balances the mind. Nadi sodhana allows the left & right nostrils to be free & clear and the body & brain functioning in balance.
MECHANISM OF ACTION Alternate Nostril Breathing (nadi sodhana) is a traditional breathing practice in yoga thought to calm the mind and balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain
INDICATIONS & USAGE Practice nadi sodhana p.r.n (as needed) to feel centered & balanced. Research indicates alternate nostril breathing (nadi sodhana) is beneficial for individuals with cancer, diabetes & cardiovascular disease
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION Practice 5 rounds of nadi sodhana PRN (as needed), prior to meditation or asana practice. Keep the inhalation even with the exhalation throughout the practice.
PRECAUTIONS/WARNINGS During the practice of nadi shodana, one nostril may seem resist to airflow or feel blocked. It is normal for one nostril to feel more open (dominant) than the other. Nostril dominance shifts throughout the day (roughly every 2 hours) and is more balanced at dawn & dusk. Injury, illness (sinus infection), surgery or structural abnormalities (deviated septum) may impact the pattern of nostril predominance.
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