Balanced calm is as simple as breathing – alternate nostril breathing, that is. This specific pranayama (a yogic breathing technique called Nadi Sodhana) is a simple way to ease agitation and balance your thinking. It is also a restful tip for insomniacs!
There are several steps to Nadi Sodhana but don’t worry – they are easy and become automatic very quickly:
1 – Place right thumb and ring finger at nose, as if to pinch it
2 – With right thumb, close off right nostril
3 – Inhale slowly through left nostril; pause to hold your breath momentarily
4 – Release right nostril, while closing left nostril with your right ring finger
5 – Exhale through your right nostril
6 – Inhale through right nostril; pause to hold breath momentarily
7 – With right thumb, close off right nostril
8 – Exhale completely through left nostril to complete one set
9 — Continue with the alternate breathing for 10 sets.
Take your time; breathe slowly from the belly. Alternate nostril breathing is a great stress reducer so relax into the exercise. Invite serenity.