Yoga Breathing | Alternate Nostril Breathing

Our Pranayama Series continues with Nadi Shodhan pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)! It only LOOKS like I’m picking my nose. This breath technique has so many benefits! It is a great way to calm the nervous system and relieve tension and anxiety. It is great for concentration, cleansing and is a fantastic headache cure! Alternate Nostril Breathing is a wonderful way to prepare the body for meditation for asana practice.


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29 thoughts on “Yoga Breathing | Alternate Nostril Breathing

  1. I am much more comfortable for each side of nostril using the index finger of both hands alternately…..I think it is much simpler and easier…..The other way befuddles my brain too much to relax…..

  2. I'm lucky if I have one nostril clear enough to comfortably breathe through at any given time, forget about both of them. Guess this is one exercise that's just not for me.

  3. I had a terrible headache, and nothing would help, so I decided to try something new, and I could not believe it, but it worked!! You are an awesome teacher and a joy to listen to.. THANK YOU Adriene!! Not to mention, you are HILARIOUS. You always brighten my day. Namaste.

  4. I continue to return to this practice whenever I am feeling anxious. It always leaves me feeling so much more grounded and at ease after. Thank you, once again, for a wonderful practice! Such a perfect surprise to find it among the April playlist.

  5. Easy to follow this breath sequence with you, thank you.
    It was only hard for me to do it for the length of the video but I do believe with practice I could get there.

  6. Wow Adriene!!! I had a headache and this helped SO much. Adding this to my anti-pain arsenal. So so lovely! Now onto the next routine (and I might pop in another vid as well, treat myself). Namaste! xxx

  7. This really helped with my anxiety and stress. The past few days I've been really on edge because of things that are going on and this made all of those racing thoughts go away temporarily. It has felt like my heart's been racing (literally, physically) for most of the time the past few days and this calmed it down. Definitely need to do this more regularly!

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