5 Benefits of Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Nadi Shodhana also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing is a very powerful breathing practice. It has numerous benefits ranging from instilling a sense of peace and also energizing the body. The Sanskrit word “Nadi” means channel and “Shodhana” means cleansing or purification. Thus, the practice helps to clear the subtle energy channels of the body resulting in a balanced state of being. Here are the top benefits below!

  1. Enhances focus and mental clarity.

  2. Regulates body temperature.

  3. Brings about a sense of peace and calm by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, known as the relaxation response.

  4. Promotes balance in the body and mind by uniting the right and left sides of the brain and also purifying the nadis (subtle energy channels).

  5. Improves respiratory function by developing respiratory strength and endurance.

How to Practice Nadi Shodhana

Sit in a comfortable position, lengthen up through your spine and allow your body to relax. Take your middle finger and index finger together (of the right hand) and rest the two fingers between your browline. Place ring finger onto left nostril and thumb onto right nostril. Start by exhaling through both nostrils, emptying the lungs completely.

Close off the left nostril with ring finger and inhale through the right nostril. At the peak of inhalation close off right nostril, breath out through left.

Inhale through left nostril, focus on maintaining a slow and steady rhythm. Close off the left nostril and breathe out through the right. This completes one cycle of Nadi Shodhana.

Complete 4-6 breath cycles then release the right hand and come back to your normal resting breath.