Left Nostril Breath

Benefits:

  • Cleansing
  • Cooling, receptive
  • Calming    
  • Helps with empathy, and sensitivity

When to practice:

  • When you need to calm down
  • If you can’t control your thoughts
  • If you can’t fall asleep

When to avoid:

  • If you are feeling lethargic or emotional
  • If you are having trouble being motivated

How to perform:

Take your right hand and, with your fingers outstretched, block off your right nostril by putting gentle pressure on it with your right thumb.  With a long, slow, deep breath, gently inhale through your left nostril.  Then, just as gently, exhale long, slowly and completely, again through the left nostril.  Relax your body as you feel the relaxing, cooling breath bringing new life into your body.  Relax even deeper with each exhale as you breathe out all tension and stress. Repeat several times until your body relaxes.