Looking for an easy way to calm the mind, body and spirit?
Try Nadi Shodana: (nadi = subtle energy channel; shodhan = cleaning, purification; pranayama = breathing technique)
Here’s how: Sitting comfortably with a straight spine, relaxed shoulders, and a softened face, rest your left hand, palm turned face-up, on your left knee. Raising your outstretched right hand towards the face, turn down the ring finger and thumb so that they rest on your left and right nostrils, respectively. Press your thumb down to close the right nostril and breathe in slowly through the left nostril. Press your ring finger down on your left nostril, lift your thumb and breathe out slowly through the right. Now breathe in slowly through the right nostril, switch fingers, and breathe out through the left. Repeat this cycle of alternate nostril breathing for a total of 10 cycles, or longer as desired. Keep your eyes closed and breathe slowly and easily throughout.
You can use this technique before bed to help you sleep, throughout the day to keep you grounded, even during a bathroom break if you’re overwhelmed at work! Because this is so effective at clearing out blocked energy channels in the body, it’s also a great way to prepare your mind and body for your meditation practice.