Nadi Shodhana is a pranayama practice that yogi's do to for balance. The sanskrit words Nadi Shodhana Pranayama translated into English means Alternate Nostril Breathing. This practice is believed to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the nervous system. The left nostril corresponds to the yin energetic which is cooling, restorative, and feminine in nature. The right nostril corresponds to the yang energetic which is warming, energizing, and masculine in nature. Ideally this practice should be done in a quiet environment where you can dedicate 5-20 minutes to direct your awareness solely on the breath. Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana, Bhramari, & Ujjayi techniques are a few breathing practices that can either energize or relax you. Pranayama practices quiet the mind, calm the nervous system, and are great for setting the stage for meditation.
Created:February 16, 2013