Pranayama breathing

Otherwise known as balanced breathing in Ayurveda and yoga.
Here’s one simple way to do it:Sit straight up in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the ground. Don’t lean forward or back. Close your eyes, and allow your mind to rest.

1. Gently close your right nostril with your thumb and slowly exhale through your left nostril. Inhale slowly through your left nostril.
2. Gently close your left nostril with your index finger and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale normally through your right nostril.
3. Continue this pattern for 5 minutes or so. You can switch arms if you’re starting to feel fatigued. At the end, lower your arm and sit back and relax for a few minutes. -PC

July, 2 2010