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Stress-Buster: The Balanced Breath

Yoga Nostril Breathing

From Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living from the Inside Out

When you feel unsettled and flighty, try doing alternate nostril breathing for two minutes. It is a yogic breath that helps to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain and is often done in preparation for deep relaxation or meditation. Raise your right hand to your face, and place your thumb on your right nostril and your pinky and ring finger lightly on your left nostril. Hold your right nostril closed, and inhale slowly up your left nostril. Pause, and while your lungs are full of air, press the left nostril closed while lightening the pressure on the right one. Exhale slowly out your right nostril, then inhale up your right nostril, pause, and while your lungs are full of air, switch your fingers so that your right nostril is closed again. Exhale. Do ten cycles of this breath at first, adding length as you get comfortable. Try this in the early morning before meditating, before bed to wind down a busy mind, or any time that you need to reset your thoughts.

What’s your go-to stres-buster?

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