A W A K E N A W A K E N A W A K E N A W A K E N
When Women Awaken, Mountains Move Chinese Proverb
Nadi Sodhana or Alternate Nostril Breath is a great way to start to open your central channel. We’ll be practicing this during the Women’s Workshop, Cultivating Your Intuition, Creativity and Yoga Practice, before our gentle/active morning yoga sessions to enhance connection to our intuition.
Try this in conjunction with yoga, meditation or anytime during the day when you want to ground, tap into your reserves of balanced energy, and go inward.
Give It A Go...
1. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
2. Now close the left nostril with your right ring finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril. Exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
3. Now Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb, and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.
Start by doing three rounds, adding one per week up to seven rounds.
Alternate nostril breathing should not be practiced if you have a cold or if your nasal passages are blocked in any way. Forced breathing through the nose may lead to complications. In pranayama it is important to follow this rule: under no circumstances should anything be forced. If you use the nostrils for breath control they must be unobstructed. If they are not, you must practice throat breathing.
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