Any yoga practitioner knows that breathing is an essential part of any asana. Pranayama is one of the eight limbs of yoga that can be translated as “breath control.” Yogis believe that the breath and the mind are interconnected – a steady and fluid breath will calm your nervous system and slow down your racing mind. A fast, fragmented and irregular breath will result in a chaotic and uneasy state of mind.
There are many pranayama techniques, each with its own purpose and benefits. In this article, I’ll talk about one of my favorites: alternate nostril breathing.