If you have been reading our blog, you should now be able to answer the following question as quick as a cat. What do we seek when practicing Hatha Yoga? To balance inner energies, you’re right! Which inner energies? Ha means Sun, Tha means Moon. Hatha Yoga is indeed a constant search for inner balance between our lunar, more feminine energy, located on the left side of our body, and our solar, more masculine energy, located on the right side. Nâdi Shodhana, known as alternate breathing, can help us balance these two opposite energies. Here’s how.
Find balance in times of transformation
Through the practice of Asana and Pranayama, we intend to cleanse inner energetical channels called the Nâdis. By stimulating Pingâla Nadî through the right nostril, and Idâ Nâdi, through the left, Nâdi Shodhana is a balancing yet purifying breathing technique. So, as Spring season is pointing the tip of its nose, practicing Nâdi Shodhana is an excellent way to find inner balance during this time of change and transformation.
Nâdi Shodhana in 5 steps
Sit in Sukhasana – comfortable cross-legged position – or in Padmasana – Lotus Pose – if it is available today. Bring your right hand in Mrgi Mudra, with the index and middle finger touching the palm. Your left hand relaxes on the knee.
- Step 1: Bring your right hand to the nose. Inhale deeply through both nostrils.
- Step 2: Close the right nostril with the thumb, and exhale gently through the left nostril to a count of 4. Now, inhale through the left to a count of 4.
- Step 3: Close the left nostril with the ring and little fingers. Exhale through the right to a count of 4. Inhale through the right to a count of 4.
- Step 4: Repeat, exhale left, inhale left, exhale right, inhale right – this is one cycle. Continue as long as you’d like trying to keep the breath as subtle as possible.
- Step 5: After the last round, exhale deeply through both nostrils as you slowly release the right hand on the knee. Inhale deeply, and stay still for a few more breaths. Try to observe the sensations this exercise has produced in your body, in your mind.
Now all you have to do is try 😉
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