Alternate nostril breathing is a form of Yogic breath work, or Pranayama. You can practice this breathing exercise on its own or integrate into your yoga routine by adding it to your practice, perhaps after a series of asanas (poses) , and before you relax into Savasana. Like other yoga techniques, alternate nostril breathing doesn’t just benefit your body – like clearing out your nasal passages – it can also bring clarity to your mind and calmness to your soul.
To prepare for alternate nostril breathing (called Nadi Sodhana):
Begin alternate nostril breathing:
By bringing awareness to your breathing with exercises like alternate nostril breathing, you begin to become more aware of your breathing patterns at other times of the day. Thus, you can learn to expand your breathing to become fuller, more complete breaths on a regular basis, helping you feel more centered in your life.