Two types(chaps) of alternated breaths, slightly different from classic Nadishodana or from Surya and Chandra bedhana.
· Anuloma prânâyâmâ consists in expiring by 2 nostrils and in inspiring alternately, either by the left(awkward) nostril, or by the straight(right) nostril.
· Pratiloma prânâyâmâ – it is the inverse process where we are going to inspire by 2 nostrils and to expire either by the left(awkward) nostril, or by the straight(right) nostril.
Anuloma and Pratiloma is less powerful practices that Nadishodana but they allow to push farther the breaths.
The more we lengthen(stretch out), the more we cleanse in depth and in duration; we clean the " bottom of the channels(canals) of energy », nadî. It is the learning(apprenticeship) of the elongations of the breaths.
It is breaths which we often practise in beginners' courses because they are easier than Nadishodana. They offer a beautiful approach in terms of alternated breaths. Furthermore, they are very relaxing and uncork effectively the nose.
Two breaths often practised in the therapeutic applications to rave fast and effortlessly, with pleasure.
In a personal practice, we like to enchainer Anuloma (2 - 5 mn) and Pratiloma (2 in 5 mn) and to end with Nadishodana (15mn. It allows to navigate in all the nadî.
As for any practice of prânâyâmâ, it is recommended to have cleaned beforehand the nose by the technique of Jala Neti
In sat(based) posture, the very right(straight) back, the head in the axis, the left hand put on the left(awkward) knee avecle gesture(movement) of jnana mudrâ, the right hand in the gesture(movement) of Vishnu Mudrâ for example. Close eyes and put your glance in the forehead(front), in the mental space, âjna chakrâ.
Expire 2 nostrils, fill(block) the straight(right) nostril and inspire by the left(awkward) nostril. Then, expire 2 nostrils, fill(block) the left(awkward) nostril and inspire by the straight(right) nostril. And begin again the process several times.
You have just practised Anuloma
For Pratiloma, we are going to make the opposite.
Inspire 2 nostrils, expire to the left, inspire 2 nostrils, expire to the right, etc...
Practise from 1 till 5 minutes every prânâyâmâ. Adopt the sound OM mentally nonstop.
If you wish it, you can practise(have a practice) Nadishodana* Then, what will complete this session of prânâyâmâ.
* Nadishodana is an alternated prânâyâmâ understanding(including), in his basic version, retentions of breaths with full lungs. An article explaining its technique will be written and put on-line soon.
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