This is one of my favourite breathing exercises to do when I overwhelmed, can't fall asleep because of a racing mind or to practice mindfulness. It's very simple, you are just breathing through one nostril, while you hold the other closed with your finger and then repeating on the other side.
The Alternate Nostril Breath
III) Do’s and Don’ts:
DO practice the Alternate Nostril Breath whenever you need calming – if you are nervous, upset or irritable.
DON’T push yourself with the holding position or by increasing the ratio until you are comfortable doing so.
DON’T make the breathing rhythmic, instead it should be smooth and slow. You can work on making it inaudible eventually.
The importance of this particular breath cannot be over-emphasized. The body and mind are closely interrelated and one influences the other to a much greater extent that medicine admitted to for many years. As an all-around “soother”, the alternate nostril breath is incomparable.
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