Nadi Shodhana – Pranayama

My favourite breathing exercise to reduce stress 🤍⁣⁣
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Practicing deep breathing can be very beneficial to the mind and body. A staple in relaxation techniques and meditation, it also affects the body in many ways.⁣⁣
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Setting aside a few minutes a day to practice may help to:⁣⁣

  • lower your heart rate⁣⁣
  • lower your blood pressure⁣⁣
  • strengthen the diaphragm ⁣⁣
  • promote relaxation, and in turn lower the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ in the body⁣⁣
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In Ayurveda, Pranayama is the ancient practice of controlling the breath. My favourite breathing exercise is known as “Nadi Shodhana” which translates to “Flow Purification” – a form of Ayurvedic Pranayama.⁣⁣
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This particular exercise is known for balancing the hormones, clearing and releasing toxins, promoting restful sleep, and reducing stress. ✨⁣⁣
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Follow the steps below:⁣⁣

• Sit in a comfortable position and place your left hand on your left knee.⁣⁣
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• Lift your right hand up toward your nose, exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.⁣⁣
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• Inhale through the left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fourth (ring) finger.⁣⁣
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• Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.⁣⁣
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• Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.⁣⁣
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• Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.⁣⁣
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• This is one cycle – you can continue for up to 5 minutes.⁣⁣
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• Complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.⁣⁣