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It's handy to have a few breathing techniques in your back pocket. I love this technique because it can either calm or energize depending on what you need at the moment. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is an Ayurvedic technique. It can improve brain function, calm your mind, cleanse your lungs, balance both sides of your brain, boosts your energy, enhance rest and relaxation, improve sleep, and more.*
Give it a try next time you need an afternoon pick me up or when you are stressing about what life is serving up at the moment. Use Breathe Respiratory Blend to help open your airways. If you are trying to achieve a sense of calm, add in Lavender. You can inhale directly from the bottle, a nasal inhaler, or add to a carrier oil, like Fractionated Coconut Oil, and swipe under your nose.
Nadi Shodhana Technique
- Using your right thumb, close off your right nostril.
- Inhale deeply through your left nostril and pause.
- Close your left nostril with the ring finger of your right hand and release your thumb from the right nostril.
- Exhale through your right nostril.
- Inhale again deeply through your right nostril and pause.
- Repeat steps 1-5 one or two times.
Note: Be careful holding your breath if you have high blood pressure, don't pause. Others can experiment with how long the inhale, exhale, and pause lasts. You can try a count of 2 in and 2 out with a pause of 2, and work up.
Nadi Shodhana is a great little trick to available when a need arises. Use it any time for a quick wellness boost. This is also a good one to teach to kids or to use in a class setting.
What other essential oils would you try with this technique? Maybe Citrus Bliss Invigorating Blend to energize.
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