Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing


A wee bit stressed from over work, under slept, and feeling pressure like whoa? There are plenty of ways to find zen—without investing in a Bali weekender.


Turns out, all you need is a pair of lungs, your breath, and 10 minutes or less.


Don’t wait until fight-or-flight kicks in before minding the breath.


Controlled and conscious breathing not only keeps your mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and help you destress.


No more pressure like whoa...


Alternative Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhana will bring calm, balance, and unite the right and left sides of the brain.


(nah-dee show-DAH-nah) nadi = channel shodhana = cleaning, purifying

Starting in a comfortable meditative pose, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril.


At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril.


Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb, and exhaling through the left nostril.


Try the cycle 3 - 5 times.


*NOTE: some yoga schools begin this sequence by first closing the left nostril and inhaling through the right; this order is prescribed in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 2.7-10.



When it works best: Crunch time, or whenever it’s time to focus or reenergise. Just don’t try this one before bed.


Nadi shodhana will clear the channels and make people feel more awake. Almost like a cup of coffee!


Happy breathing x

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