Lesson 2: Alternate Nostril Breath

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Duration: < 15
Style: Pranayama
Level: Beginner
Focus: Evening Yoga
Teacher: Kassandra Reinhardt


Pranayama, or breath control techniques, are often used in the yoga practice. We can use them on our mat, combining them with asanas (or poses), or incorporate them at the start or end of class. We can also introduce them off of the mat, into our daily lives. A great time and place to use breathing techniques is of course when you get all tucked up in bed at the end of the day. Alternate nostril breathing, which I will teach you in todays video is one of my all-time favourite breathing techniques. With this channel-clearing breath, you will isolate inhales and exhales to just one nostril, switching back and forth as the name suggests. This technique is wonderful for when youre overstimulated, super stressed, or too wide awake when its time for sleep. It is known to help quiet the mind and relieve anxiety. In the video, I will first talk you through how to do alternate nostril breathing, then we will do a few rounds together, then I will let you move into some self-guided rounds. By the end you will be a master, and able to practice this anywhere you go. Focus and Benefits Deep Relaxation this technique calms the nervous system while balancing the left and right sides of the brain Even inhales and exhales keep the count the same for both inhales and exhales. Make sure you pick a count that works for you. If you go too long you may experience light-headedness. Start with a count of 3 or 4 and you may over time be able to lengthen the breath. Clarity/Calmness When you start to feel this release, allow your body to sink into that feeling.

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