Alternate Nostril Breathing: The Lungs and the Emotion Sadness
Did you know that alternate nostril breathing can help with the emotion sadness? And that the emotion sadness is stored in our lungs?
That’s why keeping our lungs healthy and open is very important. We receive the breath of life through our lungs. We can go without food for a duration and even water for a short time but the breath, we won’t last very long without it. At least our physical body won’t last very long without the breath.
The lungs are located on either side of the heart. The lungs oxygenate the blood that pumps through the heart. There’s lots going on in the middle of our chest. When we’re stressed we shallow breathe and don’t receive as much oxygen into our bodies. Shallow breathing creates a contracted state in the body which is conducive to low energy, lethargy, and depression.
The lungs hold the emotions of sadness, grief, and depression. Depression is a common state for many. And women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men. A large percentage of the American population is on anti-depressants. I believe all they really need to do is more deep breathing! Kundalini yoga is a great way to lift depression. If you have a chronic case of depression then having a chronic Kundalini yoga practice would be the antidote.
There are many ways to take care of yourself. And breathing exercises are one of the great ways to do so.
Your Body Wants To Breathe
The more we breathe the more we feel the joy of life. It is a wonderful thing to feel your lungs expand as you move your body and get your heart rate up. The body loves when you move it and allow it to be in a more expanded state. Having a good set of lungs to allow the joy of life into your body is crucial in this ever increasingly complex and manic world.
Have you opened your lungs this week? Do you have a form of exercise that allows your lungs to open? Are you breathing in the joy of life? What can you do to make sure you are?
Alternate Nostril Breathing Is a Great Practice
If you have physical limitations then alternate nostril breathing is a great practice to breathe in the joy of life and balance the central nervous system at the same time. Alternate nostril breathing is also called Nadi Shodhan Pranayama
I do alternate nostril breathing every morning and I love the way it makes me feel. Alternate nostril breathing has many benefits. Here are just a few: calms the mind, cleanses the lungs, improves brain function, clears energy channels in the body, soothes the nervous system, balances the masculine and feminine energies and more.
How To Do Alternate Nostril Breathing
To do alternate nostril breathing sit in a comfortable position with your spine centered. Take your right hand and place your index finger on your third eye while placing your thumb over your right nostril and your ring finger over your left nostril.
Begin by closing off your right nostril with your thumb and breathing into your left nostril, then close off both nostrils and release your thumb so that you can breathe out through your right nostril. Then breathe in through your right nostril, hold both nostrils closed and release your index finger so that you can breathe out through your left nostril.
Continue by breathing in through your left nostril again, alternating breathing in and out through each nostril. in this fashion. You can do this breath exercise or pranayama first thing in the morning. I suggest doing it for at least 11 minutes. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. I love my morning breathing exercise!
I’m Anna-Thea, an author, and Certified Divine Feminine Educator. I offer transformational education for women through my online courses.