Yoga is not limited to only body postures and movements. Deep breathing, otherwise known as Pranayama also plays a vital role in yoga practice. Pranayama has many breathing techniques to help you reap the benefits of every yoga session. One of these is the Anulom Vilom breathing technique.
This Pranayama technique allows air to enter through one nostril. It calms down the overstimulated parts of your brain. It also helps you keep stress away.
There is an interesting fact about this breathing technique. Both words have opposite meaning to each other. Anulom means “in a natural direction”. Vilom means “produced in reverse order”. There is a lot more you can know about this breathing technique. Yoga experts have come up with a list of benefits this Pranayama technique offers.
Want to know more? Okay. Let us then dive a bit deeper and understand the anatomy of this Pranayama technique.
The Anulom Vilom affects your body and mind through the Nadi system (energy channels). These three Nadis are Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.
Come! Let us now understand their role with regards to Anulom Vilom Pranayama.
Ida Nadi lies on the left side of your spine. It corresponds to the left-hand side of your body and right-hand side of the brain.
Inhaling through your left nostril activates this Nadi. This activates the left side of your body and right hemisphere of the brain.
Opening of the Ida Nadi helps you:
Pingala Nadi lies to the right side of your spine. This Nadi corresponds to the right-hand side of your body and left-hand side of the brain.
Breathing through your right nostril in Anulom Vilom opens the Pingala Nadi. It also activates the right side of your body and left hemisphere of the brain.
Activation of the Pingala Nadi helps you:
This Nadi runs along your spine and lies in the centre. Sushumna Nadi connects the Base Chakra (Mooldhara) to the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara). You activate this Nadi during meditation. Any blockage in this Nadi has an impact on meditation.
An active Sushumna Nadi helps you balance Ida and Pingala Nadi. The Anulom Vilom Pranayama lets the sacred life force flow through this Nadi. In the long run this awakens you on a spiritual level.
Want to know how to practice this Pranayama technique? The information below will guide you.
These are the steps to help you prepare for Anulom Vilom Pranayama technique. Let us now check out how you should practice this breathing technique.
Before practicing Anulom Vilom breathing, there are some precautions to keep in mind.
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Yes! The Anulom Vilom Pranayama is a wonderful breathing technique. But sometimes it is better to be a bit careful.
Yogic breathing techniques form an important part of every yoga practice. Whether you are a beginner or have experience, proper breathing is key to success in both cases.
Without Pranayama you would never be able to reap all the benefits of a yoga practice. A certified yoga school can help you learn the Anulom Vilom Pranayama technique with ease.
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