It can be very easy to forget about our breath, after all it is the one thing that thankfully we do without thinking, however it can be used in such a powerful way to help us in all aspects of life. When we focus our attention on our breath and practice exercises or techniques (know as pranayama) it can have such wonderful benefits such as feeling more calm or balanced, energising the body or even clearing a busy mind.
Nadi Sodhana, alternate nostril breathing, is an excellent breathing technique to create a sense of balance.
This particular breathing exercise balances the left and right sides of the brain, the yin and yang, in the yogis perspective this is know as the two energetic channels Ida and Pingala. We are often more dominant in one side of the brain, and therefore one nostril, and this can be due to our personalities, life circumstances or even simply the time of day.
Practicing this breathing exercise can help create a sense of clarity in the mind, while also bringing us into balance.
Here are the steps:
You may notice that one side is more open than the other, especially if you have any sinus problems, and note that this is normal and should balance out a little during the exercise. This technique also helps with clearing the mind, is great for people who suffer wit headaches and migraines and can also help with hay fever.