Having trouble relaxing or sleeping? Feeling anxious? Fear of Flying?
Have you tried Alternate Nostril Breathing....?
If you're having trouble relaxing or sleeping? Feeling anxious or overwhelmed? Or have a Fear of Flying? I like to use Alternate Nostril Breathing to calm myself and bring my heart rate and blood pressure down. I've just done a quick video to show you how and here's my top 5 tips....
Tip 1: Try and keep your inhales and exhales of even length. Tip 2: Once you've got the hang of it try and incorporate a hold in-between breaths (see resources below for more info).
Tip 3: Don't do this while you're driving.
Tip 4: Don't stress about getting it "exactly" right, that'll just counteract your efforts to calm down. Just breathing deeply itself has been shown to aid relaxation, so just give it a go.
Tip 5: Focus on your breath - the feeling of the breath coming and and going out of the nostril. This gives additional meditative benefits and helps clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts.
Here's some great background info from mindbodygreen.com : "Nadi shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing, has a long history in Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, where it’s thought to harmonize the two hemispheres of the brain, resulting in a balance in physical, mental and emotional well-being. While science has yet to really explore what might be going on in terms of hemispheric functioning during this practice, recent studies have confirmed some pretty powerful effects of this practice.
... Three (3) good reasons for practising this pranayama or alternate nostril breathing:
1. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system and reduces blood pressure.
2. It enhances respiratory functions: increases respiratory strength and endurance.
3. It improves attention and fine-motor co-ordination and performance.
So … nadi shodhana is good for our hearts; good for our lungs; and good for our heads."
If you'd like to know more about Alternate Nostril Breathing / Pranayama check out these Resources: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/…/3-reasons-everyone-should-t… http://www.chopra.com/…/nadi-shodhana-how-to-practice-alter…