Thursday, October 27, 2011

Anulom Vilom Pranayam (Nadi Shuddi Pranayam)

  • Sit in any meditative position with your spine and head well erect.
  • Keep the whole body relaxed and loose. 
  • Place the index and long fingers of the right hand (left hand in the case of left-handers) on the forehead.  
  • The little finger will remain a little curled.
  • Keep your elbow in front, with the upper arm parallel to the floor. This is called Nasagra Mudra.
  • Now, close your right nostril with your thumb.  Exhale (Krishna) completely through your left nostril. 
  • Then, breathe in through the left nostril (Radhey) with the right nostril remaining closed. 
  • Next, close the left nostril with the ring finger and breathe out (Krishna) through the right nostril. 
  • Then, breath in (Radhey) through the right nostril. 
  • Again, close your right nostril and breathe out (Krishna) through the left nostril.
  • Make sure you breathe in and out equally and rhythmically. 
  • In this pranayam, always make use of the chest while breathing.
  • This completes one cycle; perform 10-20 cycles.
   Note: Anulom Vilom Pranayam can be done in three ways—low, or medium, or fast pace.  Initially, this pranayam should be practiced in a slow, or medium pace only.

  • It helps purify the 720 million nāḍīs of the body.
  • Almost all kinds of diseases associated with vāt problems such as rheumatism, urinary  and reproductive diseases are alleviated or even cured.  
  • The usual diseases like cold, cataract, sinus, mild fevers, eye and ear problems, cough, etc. get healed naturally. 
  • It is helpful in regulating cholesterols, beneficial in heart problems and delivers mental peace.
  • It is quite beneficial in alleviating various ailments such as high blood pressure, arthritis, ligaments, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis, migraine, depression, asthma, and allergy.

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