A couple of years ago, I took yoga and was taught the Alternate Nostril Breathing, also known as Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama. It was relatively easy and I practiced it for awhile, but as usual, gave up subsequently due to laziness and distractions. Those who are learning yoga or have picked up yoga would know that breathing is essential as your nose is directly linked to your brain and nervous system and breathing right can help to oxygenate the cells of your body, from your brain to your vital organs.
Activate and access your whole brain
I understand that consciously alternating your breath between either nostril will allow you to activate and access your whole brain. So breathing in, only through your left nostril, will access the right side of your brain, and breathing in, only through your right nostril, will access the left. I also learnt that the left nostril is for calming and the right nostril is for energy.
Benefits of alternate nostril breathing
So a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing for a few minutes each day can help us restore any imbalances in our brain. In fact, this method can help you achieve a calmer emotional state, soothe your nervous system, boost your thinking power because of the improved oxygenation, increases rate of metabolism thus aiding weight loss – as highlighted in the above video. In addition, it can aid in curing ailments of the lungs (like asthma), expeling all the waste matter and toxid elements from the body and enhancing the beauty of the face.
So ready to take on this challenge?