In the previous article/post, Yoga, Equanimity and the infinite Power of Awareness we discussed re-gaining a sense of Equanimity within that can help us develop the faculty of awareness that is at the center of healing. These are not concepts and philosophical notions but can be to be the outcomes of skillful Yoga practice. For so many of us with busy lives, beginning the process from being stressed and overwhelmed toward experiencing a more abiding sense of balance and calm is job one.
Yogis cite the benefits of the this breathing practice as stimulating the calming, cooling energies of the right side of the brain, the Chandra or moon aspect. When feeling overstimulated or in a stressed state of mind you can do a brief practice of left nostril breathing to bring a sense of calm to your mind and body.
*****Consult with your doctor for medical clearance before you begin this or any practices. Let your teacher know about any limitations you may have.If pregnant, have cardio vascular, history of heart attacks or stroke or other physical or mental health issues don’t hold the breath or strain at all to maintain the timing of the breath.
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To perform Chandra-Bhedana Pranayama sit comfortably with the spine straight. A cross legged or in another meditative position is optimal:
**Using your right hand, cover the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale and exhale long and deeply through the left nostril only. (Beginners can inhale to an internal count of 4, exhale to a count of 4. More advanced practitioners can work with the ratio of 4 on the inhale and 8 on the exhale. At the start you can practice for 3-5 minutes and build on these times.
**Another variation is to cover the the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril, then release the right nostril and cover the left nostril with the right ring finger and exhale through the right nostril .
At the end, take a breath in through both nostrils, hold the breath for 10 or so seconds, relax, then exhale.
Take some time(1-3 minutes) to sit and enjoy effects.
This is a complimentary practice to Surya Bhedana Pranayama(left nostril breathing) and Nadi ShodanamPranyama(alternate nostril breathing) which offer their own benefits when practiced skillfully.