Anuloma Viloma is an ancient breathing technique, has a deep stilling effect on the mind and restores the proper balance to our breathing pattern, which equalizes the energies and pathways of the nervous system. Placing your index and middle fingers on your forehead stimulates the “third eye,” our center of intuition and connection to the higher self. Practice Alternate Nostril Breath whenever you seek a calm, clear state of mind.
Before you begin, you may wish to use a tissue to clear your nostrils. Sit comfortably in a chair or on a mat,
Alternate Nostril Breath
keeping your spine straight.
Place the index and middle fingers of your right hand on your forehead, between the eyebrows. Your thumb rests on the right nostril; the ring and baby fingers rest on your left nostril. If you prefer not to place your fingers on the forehead, curl the index and middle fingers toward the palm instead.
Inhale and exhale. Close the right nostril with the thumb; inhale through the left nostril for a count of five.
Close both nostrils; hold your breath for a count of five. Note:if holding the breath causes discomfort, reduce the count or eliminate altogether.
Lift the thumb; exhale for a count of five through the right nostril.
Inhale through the right nostril for a count of five, hold for a count of five, close your right nostril, and exhale through the left nostril for a count of five. This completes 1 round.