Improve Your Mental Clarity With these 3 Easy Breathing Techniques
Breath is a simple, yet powerful tool that can be used to combat stress and improve mental clarity. Nadi Shodhana, Sama Vritti, and Brahmari, are great pranayama (breathing) techniques to stabilize and ground us, allowing mind and body to relax.
Next time you find yourself disconnected from mind/body, overwhelmed, anxious, or your mind buzzing with a thousand things, try one of these easy breathing techniques.
Also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, Nadi Shodhana improves our ability to focus, removes toxins, and supports our respiratory functions.
In Sanskrit, Nadi means “channel” and Shodhana means “purification.” In other words, this pranayama purifies, or clears, the channels of the subtle and physical body, and brings balance to the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Nadi Shodhana can be practiced anytime and almost anywhere. It’s especially good to practice before a high stress situation (like a presentation or job interview) or before meditation.
In Sanskrit, Sama Vritti means same or equal. It is the practice of steady inhalation and exhalation of equal length. Sama Vritti balances the central nervous system and engages the parasympathetic nervous system to aid us in soothing, centering, and calming the mind.
Sama Vritti is an excellent pranayama technique for anyone and can be done almost anywhere at any time.
Brahmari in Sanskrit means “bee,” so named because the exhalation resembles the sound of a bumble bee.
Brahmari is a soothing breath technique for both the gut and heart, and is good for respiratory congestion. The humming stimulates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for the Rest, Digest, and Restore part of our parasympathetic nervous system.
Because of the buzzing sound, you might not choose to practice Brahmari in public. If you’re out somewhere and experience anxiety, look for a relatively private place, like your parked car or a bathroom.
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