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Alternate Nostril Breathing

Alternate nostril breathing, known as Nadi Shodhana in Sanskrit, offers a profound pathway to well-being deeply rooted in ancient Indian culture and spirituality. Dating back between the 10th and 15th centuries AD, this practice is mentioned in traditional yogic texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Gheranda Samhita. It is known for its ability to balance the flow of prana, or life force energy, through the nadis, the subtle energy channels in the body, according to yogic philosophy.

 

IDA

feminine / moon channel

associated with the left side of the body

governs qualities such as calmness and receptivity

PINGALA

masculine / sun channel

associated with the right side of the body

linked with activity and energy

 

Yogic philosophy holds that the nadis are the channels through which prana flows within the subtle body. Two primary nadis stand out: Ida and Pingala. Ida, known as the "moon channel," is associated with the left side of the body and governs qualities such as calmness and receptivity. Pingala, the "sun channel," corresponds to the right side of the body and is linked with activity and energy. These nadis spiral around the central channel, Sushumna, intersecting with the chakras, energy centres believed to correspond to different aspects of human experience. By practicing alternate nostril breathing, one aims to balance the flow of prana through Ida and Pingala, harmonizing the energy centres along the central channel, promoting holistic well-being.

 

Incorporating alternate nostril breathing into your daily routine can be transformative. Its ancient roots in yogic tradition, coupled with modern scientific understanding of its benefits, make it a valuable tool for managing stress, enhancing focus, and fostering inner harmony. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or new to the practice, the simplicity and accessibility of alternate nostril breathing make it suitable for anyone seeking to cultivate a deeper connection with their breath and inner self. So why not take a few moments each day to explore the profound benefits of this time-honored technique? Give yourself the gift of balance and serenity by embracing the practice of Nadi Shodhana. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.

 

Love and Light,

Stasia




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