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For today's meditation I chose a relaxation technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing. I dedicated 5 minutes to this exercise. I usually see it as a way to feel like you would after a great massage.
Alternate Nostril Breathing:
- I took a few deep breaths.
- Then I closed my left nostril, breathing deeply through my right nostril. (I use my middle finger, index and thumb to help close my nostrils. I use the middle and index finger for my left nostril and my thumb for my right nostril)
- I closed my right nostril and exhaled through my left nostril, then inhaled through my left nostril.
- I closed my left nostril and exhaled through my right nostril then I inhaled through my right nostril. And continued this way for about 5 minutes.
I noticed I could take fuller breaths through my right nostril than my left nostril. I once read that we don't breathe equally through each nostril, that we can breathe 70% of our air from one and only 30% from the other. That's why this breath exercise can be helpful to balance our breathing.
I inhaled counting from 1-8 then exhaled counting from 1-8 throughout the meditation. Even though I could take long breaths, I felt my breath was fuller when doing so on my right nostril.
I was able to relax and even began to yawn at the end of the meditation. Breathing exercises are great because they can be practiced almost anywhere, especially in high anxiety causing moments.