Feeling flustered on the run up to the festivities? It’s easy to get caught up in the present buying, food prepping, social gatherings and organising. But this Christmas don’t forget to take a moment to pause and actually enjoy it. By connecting with our breath, it teaches us to become present and notice how we are really feeling. We become more in tune with our body, mind and surroundings. Allowing us to really feel into each present moment. That’s what Christmas is really about, presence over presents.
Nadhi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing)
This breathwork is a great practice to balance energy, emotions and calm the nervous system. It can also regulate the breath between the nasal passages, so perfect if you have a blocked nose. (Just make sure you give your nose a blow before you start!) Perfect to practice throughout the Christmas period when you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, stressed and just need a moment to yourself.
From a comfortable seated position, rest your left hand down on to the knee and use the right hand to create the mudra/gesture. Fold down the first two fingers, ready to use the thumb to block the right nostril and the third finger to block the left nostril.
Take a regular deep inhale in and out.
Start by blocking the right nostril with the thumb and breathing in through the left nostril.
Use the third finger to briefly close both nostrils.
Release the right nostril and exhale out the nose.
Inhale through the right nostril, close both nostrils using the fingers to block and then release the left nostril and exhale.
This is one round, repeat for about 5-10 rounds. When you are ready to finish breathe out fully through the left nostril, release the mudra from the hands and return back to your natural breath.
Sit and observe, noticing any subtle differences in the body and mind.
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved focus and concentration
Improves immune and cardiovascular health
Increased oxygen intake
Calming effects on the body
Written by Donna Edwards