Yoga includes pranayama, the practice of working with the breath in a variety of e. Some of these breathing exercises are heating, some cooling, some wake us up, some quiet us down and others encourage a state of balance. One of these techniques is alternate nostril breathing, which is a practice that can be done almost any time, by almost anybody, to encourage balance in body, mind and spirit.
You may not realize it, but naturally every one-and-a-half to two hours the movement of our breath switches from one nostril to the other. According to yogic philosophy, this has important implications in terms of our state of mind and our physical well-being. We have a network of channels that flow throughout our body. In Chinese medicine these are the meridians, and in yoga and ayurveda these are called nadis. Different nadis are stimulated when different nostrils are in use. For example, breath flowing through the right nostril is more stimulating, while breath moving through the left nostril is more quieting or sedating. To alternate between the two encourages equanimity, clarity of thought, and a feeling of being centered and even an experience of mental and subtle body purification. The Sanskrit name for this breath, nadi shodhana, speaks to this, because it translates to mean cleaning the nadis, which allow us to then experience greater balance.
Alternate nostril breathing is suitable for beginners, for people who are old or young, well or working with healing a health challenge. One of its greatest benefits is that alternate nostril breathing encourages the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby reducing our body's experience of stress--something we all need. You can use it to quiet the mind before beginning a meditation session, to soothe and calm racing thoughts and anxiety or when having trouble falling asleep.
There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all serve the purpose of regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. In fact, the term Nadi Shodhana means "clearing the channels of circulation." --The Chopra Center
Try it at home. Find a comfortable seated position with you spine long and straight. Use the thumb of your right hand to gently seal your right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off your left nostril with your third and forth fingers. Then exhale through your right nostril as long as it is comfortable. After a slow, full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of inhalation. Switch the position of your hand by gently sealing your left nostril with the ring finger of your right hand, releasing your thumb from the right nostril. Exhale through your right nostril for as long as it is comfortable. You've just completed one round of alternate nostril breathing. Depending on your capacity, repeat this cycle several more times, or up to 10+ rounds (you can even practice for several minutes). Breathing should be effortless, with your mind gently observing the inflow and outflow of your breath.
This practice can help center the mind before a busy day, or relax the mind at the end of a crazy one.
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Did you know you can contribute to your health by doing something as simple as boiling your drinking water for 15-20 minutes? When you do this the water becomes charged and saturated with negative ions, and drinking this ionized water not only has a deep cleansing effect on all the tissues of the body, but also helps reduce overall toxicity, improves circulatory functions, and balances bile. The ions are generated through the bubbling/boiling effect, so the longer the water is heated the more negative oxygen ions are formed. You should drink the boiled water at the same temperature as you would hot tea, so once you make a “batch,” keep it in a thermos to retain its heat and health-giving properties throughout the day.
Drinking the water during the day helps rid the body of certain positively
charged ions (those associated with high acidity, free radicals and toxins).
Toxins and waste carry a positive charge, and because of this they
naturally tend to attach themselves to the physical body, which is
negatively charged overall. As the negative ions from the oxygen in the
boiled water enter the body, they are automatically pulled toward the
oppositely charged toxic materials. Their charge works to neutralize that of
the toxin and turns it into fluid matter that is easily and effortlessly moved
out of the body.
And while we’re on the subject of water, here are a couple of other health
tips: Avoid the plastic bottles that so many brands of bottled water come in
because the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the bottle can leach into
the water and end up in your system when you drink the water. Also, don’t
drink chlorinated water. According to the U.S. Council of Environmental
Quality, "Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93%
higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine." Some
experts believe that one of the main reasons people in France have a
longer life expectancy than Americans is that they ozonate their water
system there, instead of adding chlorine as a way to kill bacteria.
Check out Self-help Health for more information, tips and resources.
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