I have known about this simple breathing technique, that promotes relaxation for a long time.
Dr. Alan Christianson sheds light on the digestive system benefits of alternate nostril breathing, that I never knew about.
It is great when modern science discovers new benefits to an ancient technique.
OK, so it sounds a little weird to those who haven’t heard about this quick little relaxation technique, but the benefits are powerful. He describes the breathing technique and it’s benefits for digestion starting at about minute 32 of this video.
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Alternate Nostril Breathing is an Ancient Yogic Breathing Technique
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Check out what Dr. Alan Christianson has to say about the benefits to the digestive system’s function in the video. He also shares a wealth of great information about digestion. Many things you probably have not heard before. I know I was enlightened by watching the video.
Here are the quick and simple steps for doing alternate nostril breathing. The good news is, you can do this anytime and anywhere in just a minute or two to helps reset the digestive system timing.
- Place a finger over one nostril
- Breathe in through the opposite nostril
- Hold the breathe for a few seconds
- Release the finger and cover the opposite nostril
- Exhale through the open nostril
- Inhale through that same nostril
- Hold a few seconds
- Switch fingers sides again and exhale.
- That completes one cycle
- Repeat a few times
- Works best if you keep time. Inhale, exhale and hold should all be the same amount of time. For example, inhale 2 seconds, hold 2 seconds, exhale 2 seconds…
He shares some other breathing techniques as well as some dietary tips.
Digestion is a parasympathetic process, which simply means, it works better when you are relaxed.