I want to share with you a whole brain activation technique that I learnt from a Baba in Goa. A Sādhu or Baba is the name for a holy man in India. They lead a very simple life shunning the complexities of modern life in favour of a spiritual path.
Most of the people who trekked through the jungle to see the Baba, brought him a gift (food and drink that he shared with everyone), then they sat there for a few minutes and left without speaking with him.
Baba doesn’t talk unless you ask him a question, but when you do ask him a question he will talk and has many answers for you. I spent a considerable time talking with him (five hours), asking him questions, talking, sharing ideas and even doing some NLP with him! Now I want to share this simple exercise with you.
Whole Brain Activation Breathing Technique:
1) First you close your left nostril with one finger and breath in through the right nostril.
2) Then you close the right nostril and open the left and breath out through the left nostril. Once you have fully exhaled, breath in through the left nostril.
3) Then close off the left nostril and breath out through the right nostril, and breathing in through the right nostril, swap sides again repeating for 15 to 20 times.
Baba explained that sometimes when he wakes (before dawn) he still feels he is half asleep and that this simple breathing technique wakes up the both sides of the brain. Breathing through the right nostril activates the left side of your brain, and when you switch to the right side you activate the left side of your brain.
This whole brain exercise is one designed to really wake you up for the day. I know because I’ve been doing it when I wake, to fully energise and wake me up. Fifteen to twenty times in the morning is enough to blow away the cobwebs and wake you up right up for a more productive day.
For thousands of years Indian Baba’s believed that many diseases are connected to disturbed nasal breathing.
Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing:
- Improves whole brain function
- Cleans your lungs
- Promotes a calmer emotional state
- Improves restorative sleep
- Great before for meditation
- Calms nervous system
- Enhances rest and relaxation
Download my Prāṇāyāma (Alternate Nostril Breathing) guide and find out why I’ve incorporated Prāṇāyāma into my daily morning routine.
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