Regulating your mood and energy with your breath

Regulation of the breath in yoga helps us to feel calmer, energised or less stressed depending on which type of breaking we practice.

In many forms of yoga you will come across the idea of breathing through one nostril at a time. Through the simple mechanism of closing or opening one of the nostrils, we are able to control our mood and energy a little better.

We breathe predominantly through one nostril or the other at any given time. The dominant nostril alternates rhythmically every 90 to 150 minutes. The length of the cycle reflects individual temperament, and the personal state of mental and physical balance.

Try the simple technique of inhaling and exhaling exclusively through either the left or right nostril in order to benefit from the quality associated with that nostril. Close off the other nostril with your thumb or finger tip.

Breathing through the left nostril is associated with:

  • Calmness
  • Empathy
  • Sensitivity

Breathing through the right nostril is associated with:

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