One simple, quick & effortless technique to make you feel calm and clear in seconds!

in healthchallenge •  6 months ago

There's nothing better than arriving at a deserted beach and just listening to the sounds of the waves to get in that relaxed state of being


With the sun shining, i'll be sunbathing and probably snoozing in seconds, this is a great way to unwind but unfortunately modern life means there's not much time for relaxing days like these.

Most people spend a lot of our lives not getting enough oxygen, particularly people who live in cities and urban areas, due breathing in recycled air or car exhaust fumes. But also many people just don't breath deep enough regularly.

A lack of oxygen in our bodies and brain means we can't function at our premium state, we are more likely to get tired and stressed.

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local beach 1hr away from Barcelona, peace and tranquility just one of the many reasons I moved away from the UK

Of course going to the park, walking by a river or taking a day trip to the beach is always going to be good for you

but you don't even have to leave your apartment to be able to de-stress

what if I told you, it can even by possible at your work desk, pretty much wherever you are, you can take advantage of a very simple technique that will change your life.

This is the ultimate relation technique that works in seconds... yogis use it to prepare for meditation, it can also boost your immunity, improve brain function and balance your energy.


What is it? Just some simple Pranayama - (Breathing Techniques)

which does not require much effort at all, you don't need to be physically fit or a meditation expert to do it.

It does not take up your time, you can just do a few minutes, you will feel the effects work very quickly


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How it works

It's all about the nostrils!

The Ida energy, on the left nostril, is the moon energy: reflective, calming, cooling, female.

Ida can also be recognized as The parasympathetic system which slows you down, aids digestion, elimination, sleep cycles and more.

The right nostril is Pingala and has the energy of the sun: bright, fiery, awakening and male.

Pingala, can be recognized as The sympathetic system, the fight or flight system that charges you up in times of danger.

To get started sit comfortably preferably in easy pose (legs cross) shoulders relaxed and down, back straight

take your right hand and, and with outstretched fingers, block your right nostril by putting gentle pressure on it with your right thumb. keep the rest of your fingers straight and pointing up; the fingers act like antennas of “cosmic” energy that's all around us

With a long, slow, deep breath, gently inhale through your left nostril. You may want to hold the inhale slightly then gently, exhale long, slowly and completely out through the left nostril.

Feel all the tension and stress leave your body, keep your eyes closed and focus on the third eye or you may prefer your eyes slightly open focused on something in the distance

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You can also try alternating breathing for a balancing effect. I like doing this one when I want to feel alert, positive, and confident but in a clam and relaxed way.

This time instead of breathing in and out of the same nostril, you instead hold the right notstil with the thumb, breath in through it hold and move the hand so you release your thumb and push your little finger on the left nostril blocking it and you breath out slowly thought the right nostril.

Then keep holding the left nostril and breath back in through the right nostril and out with the left. repeat for as long as you wish about 3 minutes is a good start.

This is for the health challenge thanks to @healthsquared, please check out the other posts in this contest for more ideas on how to de-stress your life

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Let me know if you tried this breathing techniques and do you see any positive effects, any questions about it please comment

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Awesome post! I truly believe that Pranayama, and learning to breath properly is one of the most important things people can learn today that has the most benefits. It decreases stress and anxiety, calms the body and the mind, and can give you so much more energy where you're feeling tired or depleted. And by learning to breath more deeply, into our diaphragms we make our overall breathing much more effective -- which means less losing our breath and more energy and stamina in our day-to-day lives. I have nothing but positive things to say about breathing!! Thank you so much for sharing this practice!

Ive only ever done it once when somebody showed me it ☺ really informative article! Are you south from bcn?

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I do nadi shodhana every night before meditating and when im stressed. Its such a brilliant technique!!! X

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Go u! I try to remind my self to go it more even in short bursts

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When I did my teacher training my yoga teacher insisted on 5 times a day lol... and one of her teacher gurus would do it on every spare moment.. him and his wife sitting in the corner with NS whilst every one buzzed about. What discipline!!

Looking at this wonderful beach photo already make me feel calm.

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I know it's so beautiful blue and sound of waves ultimate tranquility

I do nadi shodhana every night before meditating and when im stressed. Its such a brilliant technique!!! X

Good to see practical solutions to benefit others.

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Thank u for sharing it

great post.. this surely works. IF you dont always have one nostril blocked like i do! ;-) Probably one of the easier ways to get centred again.. and fill up with prana..

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Why is your nostril blocked hahaha! I think it's suppose to help congestion too. Here's my picture u found it

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Oh @eco-alex try reading or finding this guy who wrote a book called The Oxygen Advantage.. Keogh I think.. he had some nostril unlocking strategies there!

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thanks..
i have a deviated septum
and a whole lot of mucus..
its just normal for me.. probably because i smoke .. and am sensitive to wheat which i cant stop easily due to my humous addiction!

ill be ok thanks though!

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Yeah Jamie has that too. Means he won't do breathing meditation with me!!! Years of hayfever too, and really bad. We are on a 2 year wait list for an op to right it and it's exy too.

Ah.. wheat!!! Is it better if it's proper sourdough??? Seems to be so with Jim.

I hear you on the hummous!!!! We had to buy kilo tubs of it when my boy was home or I had to make bucketfuls! It's a food of the gods!!!! Here they just brought out a smoked chipotle hummous (go to any store in oz and you are blinded by 30000 dips and im not kidding) and its TO DIE FOR!

I'll find you the link to his podcast anyway as it was a really fascinating one.

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mmmm im getting hungry now! YEs sourodugh is the best.. IF you can get the good stuff.. i dont have the desire to make it.. what with no oven and all.. probably i should just dip carrots and eat them.. OR falaffel but i cant make them every day!

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You need a sourdough baker slave 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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I'd go for that myself. Where can I find one? ;-)

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Have you considered a solar oven? There are some great commercial ones, if you want to go that route, and they pay for themselves fairly quickly when making sourdough and gluten free breads.

And they are not difficult to build, with plans all over the internet, though clearly the best ones will require some research.

And of course there's always the trusty cob ovens, which are easy but rather labor intensive to build, but awesome to use once finished.

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that's a fab idea, but I think @eco-alex is too busy eating hummous...

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lolol!!!
You could be right. And, as hummus lover myself, I can totally get behind the impulse.

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I have considerd it but i like to be inside my kichen and also dont want to rely on there being sun when often there is none in the places that i live. Id happily go for natural methame but decided to skip the whole oven approach as ill be too tempted to eat way more bread and cakes
And things that im trying to give up.
Thank for the suggestion though!

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Any time.

We'll probably be putting in a solar oven here in the not-too-distant future, along with a solar dryer for vegetables, but we're in Middle Tennessee, with loads of available sun.

I realize that not all places share that advantage.

I'll be posting about our progress as we make our improvements. ;-)