Monday Meditation: Minute Calm

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I was looking through some old paperwork from when I was in Massage Therapy school and I came across a gem that I totally forgot that I had but remembered how much I loved this technique.  And yes “remembered” was the operative word in that last sentence.  You see this technique helps with boosting memory and brain function!  The current joke around the house here lately is that I am getting alzheimer’s waaaaaaaay to early!!  I am sure that my love is going to be happen to find out that I will be working with this again LOL

This is a breathing technique that produces instant calm and we all know that we are in an instant gratification world so the faster the results the better – right!  Calm in a Min is what I’m calling this bad boy!

The technique is called Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) and is utilized in both Yoga and Ayurvedic Medicine.  It is used to increase the physical and psychological performance of the practitioner.

We breath through our nose every day but have you ever thought about which nostril you breath through?  This technique is mindful breathing and is crazy easy (I can’t help it, I like my meditation techniques to be easy LOL)

So let’s see what breathing in which nostril means.

Breathing into your right nostril is for:

physical energy

masculine

heat

competitive

weight loss

digestive system

controls the left “thinking” hemisphere of the brain

Breathing into your left nostril is for:

emotional energy

feminine

nurturing

calm

cooling

visual

relaxation

controls the right “feeling” hemisphere of the brain

Makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  I was driving earlier today and was being mindful of my breath and found out that when I was driving I was breathing through my right nostril more – I swear it was really happening 🙂

There are many benefits of mindful breathing and the practice you are about to learn (Alternating Nostril Breathing) and they range from better sleep, improving brain function, sensory integration between the hemispheres (using your whole brain), revitalizes the body and body temperature regulation just to name a few.

Your chopping at the bit to hear how to do it aren’t you!!!  I knew it!!  Ok, you have been tortured enough:

1) With your right thumb cover your right nostril

2) Breath in / Breath out

3) Pause for a second

4) With your ring finger of right hand cover your left nostril

5) Breath in / Breath out

6) Pause for a second 

This is one round.  You will want to do two rounds in each set that you do or you can just do it by minutes!!  Once you have been performing the practice and you feel comfortable taking it to the next level you can use the pattern of inhaling for a count of four, hold breath for a count of four, and exhale for a count of four.

Happy breathing my friends!!!!

 

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. savasana addict
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 17:19:49

    Thanks for sharing! This is such an easy and incredibly beneficial practice that should be instructed in class much more often!

    Reply

    • Mere
      Apr 30, 2013 @ 17:53:12

      So very true! I have been getting back into the practice over the last couple of days and realized that I have missed the practice 🙂

      Reply

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