I really enjoyed our “heart chakra” week at school. Things were a bit slowed down and there was more focus on meditation. Our pranyama for the week was Nadi Sodhana or alternate nostril breathing. It is a very relaxing breath that focuses on balancing our nasal cycles. Nasal cycles you ask??? More weird yoga stuff? Yes we have cycles of breathing when one nostril is more dominant. These cycles correlate directly to brain activity. Yet another reason I am determined to get rid of my allergies and the congestion that comes with them.
The Scientific Confirmation of Alternate Nostril Breathing
“Medical science has recently discovered the nasal cycle, something that was known by the yogis thousands of years ago. Scientists have recently found that we don’t breathe equally with both nostrils, that one nostril is much easier to breathe through than the other at any particular time and that this alternates approximately every two to three hours.
Scientists also discovered that the nasal cycle corresponds with brain function. The electrical activity of the brain was found to be greater on the side opposite the less congested nostril. The right side of the brain controls creative activity, while the left side controls logical verbal activity. The research showed that when the left nostril was less obstructed, the right side of the brain was predominant. Test subjects were indeed found to do better on creative tests. Similarly when the right nostril was less obstructed the left side of the brain was predominant. Test subjects did better on verbal skills.”
Ya.. yoga is fun.