Anulom Vilom i.e. Nadi Shodhana is one of the types of Pranayama. This is a very important and beneficial pranayama. Like another pranayama, it is breathed in and out. Anulom Vilom Pranayama is made up of three words out of which Anulom means right nostril and Vilom means left nostril and Pranayama means breathing. So this asana means inhaling and exhaling through the right and left nostrils.
At the same time, the name of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is made up of three words – Nadi means energy channel of the body and Shodhan means purification and Pranayama means breathing. Practicing Nadi Shodhana Pranayama helps in healing the nerves and also helps in increasing the oxygen level in the body.
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Stress, unhealthy lifestyle, toxins, or any other health problem can block the energy channels in the body due to which you feel tired, lethargy, lethargy, etc. The practice of Anulom Vilom helps in opening the clogged Nadis and calming the mind.
You can practice this pranayama every morning while doing yoga in the beginning. All pranayama is practiced at the beginning of a yoga session, before the practice of yoga asanas. Doing this practice every morning for 15 minutes purifies the blood and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. Let us know how Anulom Vilom Pranayama is done and what are its benefits –
Benefits of Anulom Vilom
- Practicing Anulom Vilom Pranayama purifies the blood.
- And helps in improving blood flow.
- It helps in strengthening the respiratory system.
- Reduces physical and mental stress present in the body and helps in calming the mind.
- Its regular practice can also provide relief from the problem of snoring.
- This pranayama increases the amount of oxygen in the body.
- Helps in maintaining proper body temperature.
Ways to do Anulom Vilom / Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
- To practice Anulom Vilom, sit in a meditative position.
- Sitting cross-legged on the ground, eyes should be closed. Keep the waist and spine straight and place the hands on the knees.
- Keep the body relaxed and keep taking deep breaths.
- Now bring the fingers of your left hand into Gyan Mudra and make the nose pose with the fingers of the right hand.
- And then now close the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand and breathe through the right nostril. And after that, now close the right nostril with the thumb of the right hand and exhale through the left nostril.
- Now while keeping the right nostril closed, take a deep breath through the left nostril.
- And after that now close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale through the right nostril.
- Repeat this five times and then come back to normal Padmasana.
- Stay in the state of meditation for some time and start practicing it again.
Take these precautions during the practice of Anulom Vilom
- Practice this pranayama only when you are on an empty stomach.
- While doing this pranayama, hold your breath for as long as you are able to hold it.
- If you have any kind of respiratory health problem like asthma, then do not practice this pranayama.
- People or heart patients should not practice this pranayama when there is a heart problem.