Nadi Shodana is also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing. Translated from Sanskrit, it is channel cleansing or channel purifying. This pranayama technique balances the brain by tricking it so that it doesn’t know which nostril should be the dominant nostril. This allows the breath to flow evenly through each nostril and has a calming effect.

This technique takes some practice. However, there are many benefits to its practice. This pranayama technique reduces stress and anxiety thus lowering the heart rate. It also cultivates clear thinking and balances the left and right sides of the brain. The following video demonstrates this technique so that you and your students can gain these benefits through diligent and consistent practice.

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