The advantages of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
Nadi Shodhana can be described in the form that Nadi is a tubular organ for the passage of Prana, or energy carrying seminal, cosmic, vital and other energies, as well as sensation, intelligence, and consciousness in the subtle, casual and physical bodies. The Nadi Shodhana Pranayama tends to attain the purification of the nerves and it also referred to as ‘alternate nose breathing’. The word ‘Shodhana’ means purification, cleansing whereas the word ‘Pranayama’ means the act of mental and spiritual excellence.
In order to perform Nadi Shodhana Pranaya, you need to sit in a relaxed cross legged position, spine straight, and shoulders down. Close you eyes center your head between the shoulders and chin. Use the thumb and fourth finger (ring finger) of your right hand and place the two middle fingers softly on your forehead. Keep them closed into the palm in order to avoid strain in the neck, and shoulders.
Next close your right nostril by placing your thumb, as you breathe into the left. Initially, start off the breathing process to the count of five and decrease the count after feeling dizziness. When the inhalation process reaches to its top, immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger, removing your thumb from the right nostril at the same time, and start performing a slow, rhythmic, easy exhalation through this nostril to the count of five. Start inhaling through the right nostril to the count of five and close the right nostril by placing your thumb. Then repeat the same process through the left nostril to the count of five.
There are numerous advantages of Nadi Shodhana. • It is extremely beneficial in maintaining harmony, balance and rhythm in the entire bodily system.
• It provides complete peace of mind.
• It strengthens the respiratory system as well as the nervous system of the body.
• It purifies the blood by providing adequate oxygen to the blood.
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Patresia Adams is a healthcare consultant working with Divine Wellness. This interactive health and wellness portal offers Live online yoga classes through high-definition video conferencing.