Alternate Nostril Breathing

  1. Find a comfortable seated position.
  2. Take a few normal breaths. Close your eyes.
  3. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.
  4. When that breath has naturally completed, close the left nostril with your right finger so both nostrils are held closed for a brief moment.
  5. Then open just the right nostril and exhale slowly and completely.
  6. Inhale through the same side, the right nostril, at the same pace you exhaled. Once the inhale is complete, briefly hold both nostrils closed.
  7. Open your left nostril and release your breath through the left side.
  8. Repeat the practice from the beginning at a slow pace, for about ten minutes. 

Length of Exercise: Approx. 5-10 mins

USE: For calming the mind; cross-pattern practice

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