Best Yoga Poses For Sciatica
Alternate Nostril Breath Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
This breathing technique should be a part of everyone’s daily routine for health, happiness, and harmony. In yoga philosophy, there are two main channels of energy, solar and lunar, which come through each nostril and connect in the two hemispheres of the brain. This practice dissolves duality to bring about balance and bridge all opposites. It unblocks these two channels, which is essential, as yogis believe that any physical or mental disease originates through one or the other being blocked.
1 Begin in Easy Pose Pose or Hero’s Pose Pose with padding under your hips, and root down an lengthen your spine. Draw your shoulders back to lift and open your chest, and place your hands on your knees with your thumbs and ring fingers touching, in what is called concentration mudra.
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2 Place your right index and middle finger between your eyebrows, and place your right thumb on yc right nostril and right ring finger on your left nostril (A). Close your eyes or keep them slightly open, and tune into the natural rhythm of your breath with your mouth closed, breathing in and out naturally though your nose.
3 Next, gently block off your right nostril with your thumb and inhale through your left nostril (B). Then block off your left nostril with your ring finger and release your thumb to breathe out through your right (C). Inhale right, switch, and exhale left. This counts as one full round. Again: Inhale left, switch, exhale right. Inhale right, switch, exhale left. Repeat for 3, 6, or 9 rounds, keeping the rhythm of the breath smooth and regulated through a count of 3 or 4.
4 As you focus on alternating nostrils, remember to keep doing your deep belly breathing at the same time!
5 When you’re done, release your hands, keeping your head lifted and shoulders back.