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Anulom-Vilom – Alternate nostril breathing

Anulom – Vilom Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercise or Nadi – Shodhana Pranayama.

a woman doing nostril breathing
Anulom – Vilom/ Nadi Shodana Pranayama

This is not just a breathing exercise, but it is a noteworthy yogic technique that involves controlling of subtle ‘Pranic energies’ (or vital force or bio-energies) of our body flowing through specific channels. The ‘ida’ and ‘pingala’ nadis or channels (nadis or channels cannot be anatomically indicated.)  The controlling of the Prana through regular practice of Anulom Vilom pranayama helps to balance the energies flowing through the Ida and Pingala nadis. This, in turn, stimulates the central channel called Sushumna Nadi. This helps in elimination of free radicals and toxins from the Ida and Pingala nadi and helps to restore a balance between the two hemispheres of the brain. This helps to purify the entire nervous system. Healing and bringing about mental calm, peace, and tranquillity.

This ancient practice helps in the strengthening of the mind and complete relaxation. Helpful in preparing the whole body for meditation. Engaging in this yoga exercise is simple and easy as a result more and more people are opting for it. Can be easily done anytime and anywhere even from the comfort of your own home or office chair.

Note: It can be done in the morning or in the evening. Ensure that you practice anulom vilom pranayama 2-3 hours after having your food. Cardiac or Blood pressure patients should not hold their breath while doing this pranayama just keep inhaling and exhaling.

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