Saturday, October 24, 2009

Simple Steps; #20 Alternate Nostril Breath

Pranayama invites balance.

Our right nostril is energetically associated with our body's heating energy, symbolized by the "Sun" and the syllable HA.

Our left nostril with our body's cooling energy, symbolized by the "Moon" and the syllable THA.

For the average person these energies are typically in conflict, which leads to disquiet and disease. The goal of traditional Hatha Yoga is to integrate and harmonize HA and THA for happiness and health.

The purpose of alternate-nostril breath is to create balance by "warming" a "cool" body-mind and vice versa.

Todays Simple Step

Sit upright in a comfortable position and slow your thoughts and your breath pattern. Relax...

Using the middle finger and thumb of your preferred hand, block your left nostril lightly and inhale through your right.

Pause gently...

Close the right nostril and exhale through the left.

Pause gently...

Reverse the instructions and inhale through your left nostril...pause... exhale through your right...pause.

Continue for 1 to 5 minutes.

Affirm your ability to balance yourself, living healthy and well.

This is your simple step.

Till next time...

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