How we breathe can and does have a significant effect on every aspect of our lives . . . If we are inefficient, shallow breathers, we pay a price physically and psychologically . . . If we are diaphragmatic breathers, we reap the benefits . . .
A more specialized breathing technique is called Alternate Nostril Breathing . . . ANB can be practiced for three to five minutes at a time, as often as one likes . . . I've taught this to many people, and it is quite simply one of the best ways to calm and energize at once . . .
Some simple anatomy and physiology . . . Our brains have a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere . . . Generally, the left is considered the "male" or "sympathetic" side . . . The right is the "female", or "parasympathetic" side . . . The hemispheres function with a certain amount of coordination, but at any one time, one hemisphere or the other is more active or dominant . . . This dominance moves back and forth between left and right every half-hour to two hours . . .
How do we know which half is dominating at any one time? If we inhale through one nostril at a time, we will find that one is more open than the other . . . If the left nostril is more open, then the right hemisphere is more active at that time . . . If we check back in an hour or two, it quite likely will have reversed . . . This goes on constantly, and we don't even know it . . .
Here's the point . . . ANB is a simple technique which brings the two hemispheres into greater harmony, allowing them to communicate with each other more efficiently . . . This results in clearer thinking, calmness, reduced anxiety, a feeling of energization, more complete removal of waste from the lungs, and so on . . . Speaking personally, this is something I've been using for years, and can vouch for its effectiveness . . .
This video very clearly explains the mechanics of ANB . . . Take a look and give it a try . . . It works!!
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Peace and love . . .
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