- Put your left hand in Chin mudra
- With your right hand thumb close right nostril
- Middle two fingers of right hand on forehead
- Ring finger of right hand on left nostril
- Close left nostril and open right nostril
- Breath in with right nostril
- Close right nostril
- Open left nostril
- Breath out with left nostril
- Breath in with left nostril
- Close left nostril
- Open right nostril
- Breath out with right nostril
- Breath in with right nostril and repeat the process
When I heard these instruction while doing alternate nostril breathing (Anulom Vilom Pranayam) I was thinking these instructions sound so complicated and small but too many to follow. Yet when you practice this it is very simple.
At times it is easier to DO than following instructions or even listening to them, isnt it?
I read on a website that (Source) – “it (alternate nostril breathing) is a calming centring practice that will help you to unwind from your daily activities”. Another website which lists 12 benefits of this Pranayam states that it helps improve your quality of sleeping. (Source). The last sentence I want to reiterate is – at times “one must just do it“
The topic of LBC Sleep (Generally, I change these topics a bit) suggested by Padmum for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently eight of us are supposed to write on the same topic every Friday (This time too I am bit late). The seven other bloggers who are expected to write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, Padmum, Rummuser and Shackman. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!
Image source – http://www.indovacations.net/yoga/anuloma-viloma.htm