Body/Mind Perspective: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Posted on April 17, 2011 by


Alternate Nostril Breathing is a breath exercise (pranayam) that brings balance to both the left and right sides of the brain. It also balances out our emotions. Research shows that we don’t breathe evenly through both nostrils and this helps us overcome our dominance over one side.

1) Sit comfortably with your spine straight, shoulders relaxed and down, core slightly engaged. You can sit cross-legged or on a chair.

2) form a u-shape with your right thumb and right index finger. Block off your right nostril with your thumb and inhale through your left nostril. After your inhale is complete block off the left side with your right index finger. Release your thumb and exhale out the right side, inhale on the right side and block it off with your thumb. Release your index finger and exhale out the left side, inhale on the left and continue. Repeat 10-15times. Allow your breath to be long, smooth, and soft.  Stay present in your body with your breath.