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Ease Anxiety with Alternate Nostril Breathing

Ease Anxiety with Alternate Nostril Breathing

The body and mind are closely interrelated and one influences the other more than was ever thought.  Alternate nostril breathing has a marvellously calming effect on the nervous system.  It also helps to overcome insomnia, relaxes and refreshes the body, soothes headaches and improves digestion and appetite.

To begin, sit in a comfortable position with your back straight:

  • Use your right index finger and close off your left nostril
  • Inhale deeply and slowly through the right nostril to the count of 4
  • Then close off the right nostril with your right thumb and hold  breath for a count of 4
  • Open the left nostril and exhale to a count of 4 to 8

The longer you can make the exhalation, the better.  Concentrate on completely emptying your lungs.

  • Breathe in through that same left nostril to the count of 4
  • Close off the nostril with the index finger again and hold to the count of 1 to 4
  • Exhale through the right nostril to the count of 4 to 8

Repeat the cycle of alternate nostril breathing 5 more times or for up 10 minutes.  Practice alternate nostril breathing whenever you feel nervous, upset or irritable.  Your breathing should be smooth and slow and not necessarily rhythmical.

In Health,
Dr. Anna