Alternate Nostril Breathing
We've all had those times where we just feel as if we are floating. When life gets crazy, as it often does, feeling grounded tends to go out the window. It's so easy to spiral from one thought to the next, never even pausing to take a conscious breath. Alternate Nostril Breathing is perfect for those times. It is deeply grounding and is said to balance the two hemispheres of the brain. Alternate nostril breathing also activates the parasympathetic nervous system, increases attention and focus, relieves stress and is a great mind sweeper before bedtime. Sounds impressive, right? Just wait till you try it!
There are many different ways to practice this type of breath work and this is how I practice. Find a comfortable seat and close your eyes. Allow everything to get heavy and settle into a gentle inhale and exhale through your nose. Rest your left palm on your thigh or open in your lap. Make a hang ten sign with your right hand. Gently close your right nostril using your thumb and inhale through your left nostril. Then, close your left nostril using your pinkie finger and exhale through the right nostril. Continue this pattern for as long as feels right and then settle into a normal inhale and exhale through your nose.