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Breath Cleansing Pranayam

This short series balances both your blood chemistry and your mental attitude.

Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine, chin in and chest out.

Part 1

Use the thumb of your right hand to block your right nostril. (Keep the other fingers stretched up straight like antennae.) Take 26 long, deep breaths through the left nostril only. Then inhale, hold briefly, and relax. Rest for 2 minutes.

 

Part 2

Use the thumb of your left hand to block your left nostril. (Keep the other fingers stretched up straight like antennae.) Take 26 long, deep breaths through the right nostril only. Then inhale, hold briefly, and relax. Rest for 2 minutes.

 

Part 3

Bring your palms together at the center of your chest and begin Breach of Fire. Continue for 3 minutes. Then rest for 2 minutes.

 

Part 4

Use the thumb of the right hand to block off the right nostril and inhale long and deep through the left nostril. Use the Jupiter (index) finger of the right hand to block off the left nostril and exhale long and deep through the right nostril. This breath will balance your mind and nerves. Continue to alternate your breach in this way for 3 minutes or 26 breaths.

 

Part 5

Relax your breath and sit meditatively with your eyes closed, feeling completely relaxed but alert. Continue for 1 minute.

 

© 3HO. This kriya is courtesy of YB Teachings, LLC. Used with permission.

This pranayam can be found in Praana Praanee Praanayam, available from KRI.