Alternate Nostril Breathing or Moon and Sun Breathing
Deep Breathing Exercises
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a Yoga Breathing Technique developed over 1,000s of years. Many yoga teachers, gurus and practitioners recomend this spiritual or self development tool, as an exercise to balance the left and right side of the brain.
Deep Breathing Exercises, Left Nostril Breathing
Left Nostril Breathing, Moon Breathing, or Activation of Ida – is the breathing of contemplation, meditation and thinking.
Deep Breathing Exercises, Right Nostril Breathing
Right Nostril Breathing, Sun Breathing, or Activation of Pingala – is the breathing of action, movement, physical work.
Deep Breathing Exercises: Exercising the Breath
If we wish to ‘manipulate’ this energy to activate our Moon breathing, when we stand we put the left leg forward, or if we are lying down, we lie on our right side, put our right hand under our head, left hand next to the stomach and left leg over the right. In this way we activate the left nostril, our Moon Breathing.
When we stand if we put our right leg forward, or if we are lying down, we lie on our left side, put our left hand under our head, right hand next to the stomach and right leg over the left; we activate the right nostril: Sun Breathing
Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique
This is an excellent breathing technique to calm and center your mind. Sivananda recommends it as a daily exercise that is done before yoga exercises or before meditation.
Do not force the breathing, keep the flow gentle and natural. Sit comfortably with your spine erect and shoulders relaxed. Your left hand is comfortably placed in your lap and your right hand will close your nostrils alternating from left to right.
Your ring finger and little finger will be closing the left nostril, and your thumb will be closing the right nostril. You will start the breath in with the right nostril and breath out with the left one. Next round of breathing will commence with the breath in with the left nostril and breath out with the right.
Then, breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left. And so on. Continue inhaling and exhaling from alternate nostrils.
Rhythm of Inhalation and Exhalation
Keep the rhythm of inhalation and exhalation of the Yoga Breathing:
7 (seconds or heart beats) inhalation -1 retention – 7 exhalation – 1 retention
Complete 7 rounds of this exercise every morning, just before your morning meditation. Keep your eyes closed throughout the exercise.
Concentration on breathing helps to bring the mind back to the present moment.
Practicing breathing is an ancient technique used by Yogis to harmonize the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Hindus call such breathing: Pranayama.
There are many variations of this Pranayama, but this one described above is universally excepted as an exercise that helps the flow of prana (life force) through the body.
Alternative Nostril Breathing by Dalai Lama video
This video introduces us to the basic techniques of meditation and gives us an overview of benefits of breathing exercises within Tantric Budhism.
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