Path to Calm 004: Nadi Shodhana Breathing

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Today’s post is another breathing exercise called Nadi Shodhana, or “Alternate Nostril Breathing.” This technique is best used to heighten awareness and focus, ridding the mind of excess noise while providing energy. Try practicing in moments when you need an extra boost to accomplish a task or focus on a mental challenge, and avoid at times where relaxation and rest are the goal.

  1. Find a comfortable, seated meditation pose.
  2. Hold the right thumb over the right nostril and breathe in through the left nostril.
  3. At the peak the breath, close off the left nostril with the right index finger, then exhale through the right nostril.
  4. Reverse the breathing pattern, inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left.
  5. Repeat 6-10 times.

It is possible to perform this breathing technique in a float tank as part of a “focus/intent float”, which would be a float with the purpose of channeling your mental energies to solve a problem or brainstorm ideas. What are some other tips you follow to help energize yourself? Let us know in the comments!

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