Easy Seated Meditation

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Alternate nostril breathing 

 

Nadi Shodana is said to balance the two major nadis (energy flows) of the pranayama kosha (energy body), which are a bit like the outward or active and the receptive or passive sides of our nature. It also balances left and right brain function, improving mental clarity. 

Sit in a comfortable position. Hold your right hand in front of your face with your middle and index fingers curled toward your palm.  Place your thumb next to your right nostril and your ring finger next to your left nostril. Use your thumb to close your right nostril and inhale, slowly and deeply through the left. Pause. Release your right nostril and use your ring finger to close the left nostril; exhale slowly and fully. Pause, keeping your left nostril closed; inhale slowly and deeply. Pause. Release your left nostril and close your right nostril; exhale slowly and fully. This is one full round of nadi shodana. Start with five to ten rounds, and increase as your comfort level grows. 

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