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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: Typepad: Mudras for Pranayama

Nadi Sodhana or alternate nostril breathing is meant to balance the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi energy channels. These energy channels, weave their way up the spine to the nostrils, corresponding to the idea of masculine and feminine energies or positive and negative currents in the body. In the early stages of your practice, use a light Ujjayi breath when inhaling and exhaling. Eventually, subtly adjust the pressure on the nostrils to regulate the flow of the breath instead. Begin by Inhaling through the left nostril, then blocking that nostril exhale through the right. Inhale right, exhale left. This is one round. Continue alternating nostrils for some minutes, finishing with an exhale through the right side. This pranayama can have a very cooling effect on the mind and is revitalizing for the body. More specifics on pranayama technique are not discussed here and should be sought from your teacher.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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