Nadishodhan Pranayama is also known as the alternate nostril breathing technique. Nadi in Sanskrit means “flow” and the word Shodhan means purification. Inputs: Sarvesh Shashi – Founder and CEO – Zorba Yoga.
Nadishodhan Pranayama – Method:
- Sit relaxed in any sitting position. Just focus on your natural breath for a few minutes.
- Raise the right hand, place the forefinger and the middle finger at the center of the eyebrow. (Pranayama Mudra)
- Shut the right nostril (nadi) with the right thumb and breathe through the left nadi (left nostril) – one breath at twenty counts. The breath should be slightly deeper than the normal ones and directed into the abdomen.
- Open the right nadi (right nostril) and shut the left nadi with the ring finger.
- Breathe through the right nadi at twenty counts, such that the breath is slightly deeper than the normal ones and directed into the abdomen.
- Place your hand on the knee and observe the conventional flow of breath.
- Repeat this 10 to 20 times with each nostril.
Nadishodhan is a blood purifying technique. It calms, rejuvenates and relieves stress.