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Alternate Nostril Breathing

Our Pranayama Series continues with Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)! It only LOOKS like I'm picking my nose. This breath technique has so many benefits! It is a great way to calm the nervous system and relieve tension and anxiety. It is great for concentration, cleansing and is a fantastic headache cure! Alternate Nostril Breathing is a wonderful way to prepare the body for meditation for asana practice.

18 comments on “Alternate Nostril Breathing”

  1. When I first watched this I thought you said "something to balance out the naughties" 😉

  2. This is awesome! My speech therapist just recommend this to do as many times a day. She says it relaxes the larynx which is SO important if you have "silent" reflux. I will begin to do this as often in the day as I can. 🙂

  3. Great video! About how long should you do this breathing for if you do it 3 to 4 times a week?

  4. Hi Adriene! I'm really enjoying your yoga videos and I've been following for over a week now with the various videos. After this practice, I felt tingling on my face and upper body as well as grounded. Thanks, you have a wonderful connection as you share your yoga spirit.

  5. Will you be doing more of the Pranayama Series? I've really been enjoying your yoga 30 day challenge.

  6. Nadi Shodana why?
    What about Ida and Pingala?
    You just do a pranayama breathing and no!
    The fingers must always be in contact with the nose, the goal is to make as few moves as possible.
    You have to go up and down the breath in the Nadis, so that the cleaning machines of Nadis be made and this is precisely what is meant by "Nadi Shodana" ...

  7. Hi Adrian, I have a little question about how you should approach this exercise if you have one or both sides of your nose a little (or a lot) blocked? For instance, today my left side is a bit blocked but it was still possible to do the exercise, with a bit more force behind the breath. Is this okay (the extra force) behind the breath? I now feel my left side has cleared up a little, which is nice!

  8. Wondering if you can change arms when the right gets tired or shoulder hurts? Can you use the left ha d to block the nostrils as well?

  9. Hi Adrienne i live in Exeter and im walking to allotment It is allowed here in uk with current health situation to walk
    It is a walk and coming back today i needed to calm myself
    This technique really helped and i enjoy practicing this technique often
    Grateful for your mischevious quirky style i appreciate quirkiness
    Great tutorial thankyou

  10. I tried your yoga for the first time yesterday. Two speech therapists & my doctor suggested that I do yoga!
    Amazingly, I felt like my posture was better after. I especially noticed it when walking my dog that night.
    I plan to do it more often & branch out to more of your yoga videos
    Thank you for these videos!

  11. Adriene always goes into so much guidance for this, even though the video is right here! It’s sooooooooo distracting with all her talking all the time.

  12. Personally, blowing your nose, in a tissue, then disposing of it in the bin is a good idea, more hygienic than picking it (re. Cause of all ills at the moment.) breathing is generally a good idea, the speed at which you breathe varies according to what you want to achieve!

  13. I have been out of practicing yoga since covid closed my studio. My daughter-in-law lives in Austin and recommended your videos. This morning while listening to a Wayne Dyer YouTube speech I was connected with your "stress melt" video and it was perfect this morning! You finished mentioning alternate nostril breathing, which was practiced weekly with my in person yoga class. THANK YOU for the reminder! I feel I am now able emotionally to continue my daily yoga practice...the past 3 months have been the most stressful in my life and yet most rewarding. I had to find an apartment, vehicle and 2nd job within weeks. I am now trying to accept all the good that has actually come from this horrible time. Thank you for your practice!! Namaste. Bridget

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