This week in Prenatal Yoga we will practice Alternate Nostril Breath aka Nadi Shodhana
Nadi means ‘subtle energy channel’ and Shodhana means ‘purification.’ Nadi Shodhana has a calming effect on the mind. Nadi Shodhana is also used for balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. This pranayama technique is appropriate for pregnant mamas when there is no retention of the breath in between breath cycles.
How do you do this simple yet effective breathing technique, you ask?
Step one: Your right hand does the work, left hand rests in the lap as you sit in a comfortable seat.
Step two: Use your right thumb to close off your right nostril.
Step three: Inhale slowly through your left nostril.
Step four: Close your left nostril with your right ring finger and release thumb off right nostril.
Step five: Exhale through your right nostril.
Step six: Now, inhale through your right nostril.
Step seven: Use thumb to close off your right nostril.
Step eight: Breathe out through your left nostril.
This is one round. Start slowly with 1 or 2 rounds and gradually increase. Never force the breath. Sit quietly for a few moments after you have finished and breathe naturally.