Nadi Shodhana, also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, is a pranayama technique used in yoga and meditation. "Nadi" refers to the subtle energy channels in the body, and "Shodhana" means purification. This breathwork practice involves alternating the breath between the left and right nostrils, aiming to balance the flow of prana (life force energy) through these channels. To practice Nadi Shodhana, you typically use your right hand to manipulate the breath. By using your thumb and ring finger, you gently close and open the nostrils. The process involves inhaling through one nostril while closing the other, and then exhaling through the opposite nostril while closing the first. The pattern alternates, creating a cycle of breath that harmonizes the body and mind. Nadi Shodhana is believed to help balance the two hemispheres of the brain, harmonize the flow of prana in the body, and purify the subtle energy channels. It is often practiced to promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental clarity, and enhance overall well-being. Regular practice of Nadi Shodhana can cultivate a sense of calm, balance, and harmony within, helping to restore equilibrium to the body, mind, and spirit. It can be a valuable tool for finding inner stillness, centering oneself, and connecting with the present moment.
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