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Active Alternate Nostril Breathing Instructions

  • Category: Foundations of Meditation

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This is a breathing exercise that is grounding and supports the nervous system by stimulating both sides of the body and brain. Traditionally this exercise is meant to have a “cooling” or calming impact (as opposed to activating). It takes focus to change the rhythm of the breath, to count, and to move your fingers as you plug and unplug each nostril. The attention required to do this exercise can interrupt anxious thoughts and stabilize the mind. Research shows that as you intentionally focus on a task, the regions of the brain related to performing that task activate, while regions unrelated to the task are inhibited.

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