Alternate Nostril Breath

David Procyshyn
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Alternate Nostril Breath is a gentle, relaxing breathing technique that soothes the nervous system, calms the mind and balances the right and left - hot and cold, sympathetic and parasympathetic, activating and relaxing - aspects of our being.


LHayward52 1 year ago

Thank you for this exercise. I'm a beginner and would like to practice this daily for relaxation. Would you please explain the ratios? I don't understand. Would you explain it more.

Thanks David, I'm subject to
lily2610 1 year ago

Thanks David, I'm subject to panic attacks and I was feeling a bit shaky this morning...This helped, and of course another huge thank you for your website!

Impossible exercise for me
Nybeginner 1 year ago

Makes me feel as if I am not getting enough oxygen. I find that inhaling this way feels forced and unnatural. I instantly start to panic and become claustrophobic. I have always had difficult relaxing when I focus on my breathing. Focusing on my breath often makes me tighten up and become fearful I won't be able to breathe. Have you know anyone with a similar issue? Do you have any suggestions how to proceed? Thank y.

first of all i want to
aravinth_1152 6 years ago

first of all i want to appreciate ur website..and all the videos in it are very nice..i learned yoga and pranayama frm an that was long that i forget all i surfed thru net..n found ur website to be very useful than any others..u can knw that from me bcoming a member in the site..usually that i dont..i hav an question...i do yoga in morning abt 12 asanas.. before that pranayama...asans are in the order
9. artha machedrasana
11.patha hasthimosthana
12.thirigona asana

and abt pranayama which type of pranayama i must do..or all types i hav to do..i hav a difficulity in formulating a pattern in doing pranayama befora asanas..i want to mention dat i hav 1 hr after all..i am working as doctor...

Pranayama before Asana
David Procyshyn 6 years ago

Thank you so much for the great feedback.
In response to your question, it's difficult for me to tell you what breathing exercises would be best for you each morning practice. It's kind of like telling someone what they should eat for breakfast... each person is different and therefore responds differently to food and to yoga.

I even do a different set of pranayama techniques depending on how I feel in the morning. If I'm feeling lethargic, I'll begin with 50 cycles of Mahat Yoga Pranayama, then 3 rounds of 100 Kapalabhati. If I wake up feeling tense or crampy, I add 3 rounds of 10 repetitions of Uddiyana Bhanda.

You only need to try to discover what effects these have. It sounds like you already have... what feels right?

Inhaling/Exhaling Ratio
David Procyshyn 6 years ago

Yes... good question.
My intention with this video was to keep it simple and teach the technique only, to make it easier to learn. You're correct about the ratio - it's inhale/retention/exhale 1/4/2. You of course don't have to do the retention, and it's advisable that you don't when you first start out. Beginners should follow a count of 3 sec on the inhale, 6 sec on the exhale and increase by one count once it becomes easy to do.

is there not a ratio for
aravinth_1152 6 years ago

is there not a ratio for inhaling and exhaling??? exhaling should be as twice that of inhaling...and for retention 4 times that of inhaling..but no such ratio followed in this nadi sodhana video..