Meditative Breathing Practice Increases Vital Capacity and Lowers Blood Pressure
New research is further confirming the positive effects of a meditative breathing practice. Research published in the Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management, examined the effects of a 6 week nadi shodhana pranayama breathing practice on cardiopulmonary factors. Nadi shodhana pranayama is also referred to as alternate nostril breath or channel cleansing breath. The alternate nostril breathing technique is a cleansing breath, where the practitioner alternates breathing through different sides of the nostrils. Scientists are now finding that many meditative breathing practices can lower heart rate, blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety. Many yoga practitioners believe that the alternate nostril breath practice works to balance the two hemispheres of the brain, and purify energy channels of the body.
- Sit in a comfortable seat.
- Close your right nostril with your thumb. Inhale through your left nostril, then close it with your ring finger.
- Open and exhale slowly through the right nostril.
- Keep the right nostril open, inhale, then close it, and open and exhale slowly through the left, this is one cycle.
- Repeat 10 to 15 cycles and notice the effects of this breath practice.