Try this Proper Deep Breathing Technique
Breath-work is an effective tool for stress management and rejuvenation. There are many known techniques, and one such exercise is alternate nostril breathing. This technique essentially provides a very unique benefit, in that it helps to purify the breath and quickly restore equilibrium. Essentially, it quiets the mind, as well as calms and re-energizes the nervous system.
Alternate nostril breathing can be part of a meditation practice or done by itself. However, the objective of this exercise is simply to: inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and then exhale through the other nostril.
This breathing technique therefore allows for an even flow of oxygen, which balances the brain’s hemispheres.
Balancing the Hemispheres of the Brain
There are two sides of the brain – the left and right hemispheres. Most individuals have the tendency to use one hemisphere of the brain more than the other. The left side of the brain processes in a logical and analytical way. However, the right hemisphere, is more creative and intuitive.
When both hemispheres are in unison, the result is whole brain synchronization. Studies show that this balance produces a beneficial hemispheric blood flow that has a positive effect on the mind. So while an unbalanced brain wave makes a person more prone to anxiety, depression and addictions, on the other hand, more brain harmony, results in improved memory, better cognitive performance and an overall more healthy outlook.
So in essence, a proper breathing technique such as alternative nostril breathing, can not only assist in cleansing and reviving the nervous system, but also bring about an immediate calm and balance to our system. Yet furthermore, its assistance in balancing the left and right brain, also helps to support one’s physical and mental well-being.
How to Do Alternate Nostril Breathing:
- Gently make a fist with your right hand.
- Press down on the right nostril with your right thumb, and then inhale through the left nostril.
- Close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger; remove your thumb from the right nostril, and then exhale through the right nostril.
- Inhale through the right nostril.
- Close the right nostril with your right thumb, and then exhale through the left nostril.
Note: Do not do this breathing technique if your nasal passages are blocked or if you have a cold.
Finally, remember to consult your doctor or other license health care practitioner prior to engaging in any new exercise or health regimen.
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