Nadi Shodhana, also known as Alternate
Nostril Breathing, can have a profound impact on your body, mind, and nervous
system. This is a simple and powerful tool, which can be used by most people as
a simple and effective practice to clear the mind and calm the whole self.
The translation of Nadi Shodhana is fairly straightforward. Nadi means “channel” and Shodhana means “purification.” So among many other things, the purpose is in the title, to purify or clear the…
Take a comfortable seat sitting cross-legged on the mat, or in a high-backed chair (with your feet resting evenly on the floor), or lie down comfortably in a bed or on the floor. Let your body sink into your seat, the chair, or the floor, and bring your attention inward to the breath. Let go of your thoughts and concentrate on your breath for several inhales and exhales – following the breath all the way into your body and all the way out of your body.
As you rest here, envision a…
Using sensation – specifically the sounds around me or the texture of my breath – helps me anchor my mind to the present moment. Once arriving in my meditation seat, I bring my awareness to the sounds of my surroundings. As I take in the sounds around me I try not to label them but instead allow them to simply be there as part of my experience.
You’ll notice that as you continue with this, you will begin to hear more distant sounds that may have gone unnoticed before.
Other times I will…