Back in Week 6 my challenge was noticing the breath ("I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out"). This week, I'm back to the breath, but in a slightly different way.
Alternate nostril breathing, or nadi shodhan, is one of my favourite pranayama, or breath control, practices. It has a beautifully simple way of drawing you into the present moment, with the added benefit of bringing balance to your energy.
It's easy to do. Here's how:
- Using your right hand, rest your pointer and middle fingers to the middle of the brows.
- Rest your thumb on the outside of the right nostril and your ring finger on the outside of the left nostril.
- Block off the right nostril with your thumb and breathe in through your left nostril.
- Block off the left nostril with your ring finger and breathe out through your right nostril.
- Inhale through your right nostril.
- Block of the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril.
- Inhale through your left nostril.
- Repeat for 5 - 10 cycles, eyes closed.
This week I'm going to spend a few minutes every day practising this breathing technique - focusing purely on the breath. All going well, I should be pretty balanced by the end of the week ...