- Lowers heart rate and reduces stress and anxiety
- Said to synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain
- Said to purify the subtle energy channels (nadis) of the body so the prana flows more easily during pranayama practice
- Approach the practice of all bandhas and body mudras cautiously, especially without the direct guidance of an experienced teacher
More in depth benefits
The benefits of Nadi Shodhana are numerous:
- Every time we breath in we allow oxygen into our bodies. Oxygen is very nourishing for the body so the more we breath in the more nourishment we are allowing our bodies to receive.
- As we breath out our blood is purified of toxins.
- With less toxins in our blood, the less blood needs to be sent to the lungs for purification. This reduces the load on the heart and lungs giving them a well deserved rest.
- The brain is stimulated and which increases our ability to concentrate. Our work improves and our thoughts are clearer.
- Balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
- Stress, worries and anxiety are greatly reduced.
- Relieves all doshas especially pitta
- Blockages along the nadis are cleared creating a more balanced, harmonious and happier you.
- Our ability to meditate is enhanced allowing us to reach a deeper level of spiritual awareness and understanding.
- Improves sleep
- High blood pressure (can be practiced without retention)
- Low blood pressure (can practice with retention only)
- Heart problems
- Above mentioned issues relating to forced breathing, and rushing through the techniques.
Possible side effects (usually temporary as your body adjusts to the practice and toxins are expelled. However if they are persistent then seek advice ) :
- Reduction in urine
- Itching, tingling
- Feeling hot or cold
- Felling light or heavy
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