Have you thought of starting your day with a Pranayama practice?

Pranayama – regulation of the life force. Pranayama is the conscious prolongation of inhalation’s, exhalations and retentions. It is a technique that purifies, energises, calms, relaxes and heals the body and mind.

Pranayama corrects the nasal cycle (one side of the nose is more active than the other).
It would be advised to see your Ayurveda practitioner or Yoga therapist to learn this practice. 
The best time to practice is Brahmamuhurt. This is the early hours of each day before sunrise. This time of the day is considered very auspicious, the natural elements are in their purest form and divine vibrations are freely projected in the atmosphere.

Below some guidance about Nadi shodhan, the alternate nostril breathing which has a balancing influence on your Vata dosha.

Benefits: 
• Assists in relieving anxiety and fear
• Helps to relieve dry skin
• Great for circulatory and respiratory problems 

Practice:
1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine strait and your eyes closed.
2. Place your left hand on your knee, and open your palm to the sky.
3. Using your right hand, close the left nostril with the ring finger.
4. Inhale slowly through the right nostril using yogic breathing (first expanding the
stomach, followed by the chest).
5. Release the left nostril. Using your thumb, close off the right nostril.
6. As you slowly exhale, release the breath first from your lungs followed by the abdomen.
7. Now practice the reverse: inhale through the left nostril and exhaling through the right.
This will be the end of your first round.
8. Complete as many rounds as possible, start slow and work your way up. If 5 rounds is
your capacity start there and try to move up to 11. 

Tips:
• Don’t force your breath
• Do not hold your breath

For more information or to make a booking for an appointment with an Ayurveda practitioner or Yoga therapist email: info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

Have a beautiful week
Warmly Karin

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