Whole Brain Activation

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.

TheBaba and John Vincent

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

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25 Replies to “Whole Brain Activation”

  1. Thanks for this. I was honestly laying here in bed thinking – I am so groggy. Have clients on the way and man, do I not want to get up. So I grabbed my phone to check my email. Yours was the 3rd one down. Lucky me. I’m up now. Wide awake. It really works. Thank you for yet another pearl of wisdom. You never fail to deliver.

    1. Awesome:)

      It’s such a good technique and really works… also it was great fun learning it from the Baba.

      Glad you enjoyed Frank Doll 😉

  2. I believe in this; but for lack of full understanding I did not apply it into my daily routine. Now I will begin doing this; if only to get rid partly my coffee addiction; I am sure this will be a better option.

    1. I’ve cut right down on coffee. about one cup a month! Things like this definitely help. And what a boost it gives you in the morning:)

      Have fun with it.

  3. I work nights and when I wake its already time to prepare for my shift.
    I’ve felt groggy and foggy repeatedly; I decided to check my emails prior to my daily preparations and I found this email.
    I have briefly used this and results were very helpful.
    I feel clear and open to giving and receiving throughout the day.

    Thanks again for your insight.


    1. Hey Mia, great. My favourite after a couple of minutes of Prāṇāyāma I start one of the variations… breath in for a count of 2, hold for a count of 8 and breath out for the count of 4.

      Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  4. Hi John!

    Thanks a lot. I have been into this Pranayama for the last 6 months and definitely, there is a certain calmness in me now, where as earlier, i was a little grumpy most of the time. I also do ‘SUDARSHAN KRIYA’ develoed and taught at ART OF LIVING’ centers across. ‘Doing Sudarshan Kriya’ at least 3/4 days in a week helps in releasing toxins, and improving ina number of ways.

    Thanks and best regards,
    SS Reddy Sangana

  5. Hi John,
    A big thanks for sharing this with us
    l’ve read something about nostril breathing
    m one of my courses from Nightingale-Conant,
    and found it interesting.
    You are bringing us one BIG step further.
    Thanks for the free download.
    Excellent awakened day to you.
    P. s. | will do this breathing with my son for the next days
    and will keep you informed how things workout

    1. Hi Giovanni,

      Great looking forward to hearing about it, I have shared this technique with my son and he loves the way it wakes his mind up, he even told me all the colours look brighter 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  6. I have this foggy feeling in the morning and it takes me hours to get alert for my day schedules. But i think i have finally found the key to unlock the door to start my day on full gear.
    Thank you.

  7. This is an awesome article and very useful to everyone who are looking for a better life in the world. Thank U, Thank U, Thank U so much.

    May the Universe bless U with everything.

    Thank U again – With warm wishes and retgards – KK Ramachandran, Coimbatore, India.

  8. Thank you so much for this document John, I’m sure this technique will help me to develop my brain function and also my life style, I have no words to thank you because I’m getting lots of positive vibration from you.

    Thanks again John,

    1. Hi Gokulraj,

      Thank you for your comment and kind words 🙂

      It is an amazing technique, I was using it in the fresh December air of the UK, now I have returned to India and am using this breathing technique on the beach…

      Its an amazing way to start the day, glad you enjoy.


  9. Thank you for sharing. Learnt of this through yoga but didn’t know the full benefits. Will definitely make it a daily routine.

    1. Hi Rosemarie, the power of breathing is something I’ve been exploring for a while now… Wim Hof (the Ice Man) uses breathing techniques to conquer extreme cold, boost his immune system and so much more…
      if you haven’t seen my blog post after meeting Wim and training with him check it out: http://www.hypnosis.land/manifesting-secrets and his free videos about his system of breathing are eye opening 🙂

  10. I learned this technique a while ago, fantastic results! Thank you for posting it! I love all you do John, and you are the one person who’s voice gets me into a deep hypnotic state! Many thanks’

  11. I love anything you can do for yourself and I love breathing lol I notice that my right nostril seems a little blocked, not as much air getting in. I do breath right down to my belly though so it is a big breath when I do it.
    Thanks for everything you are doing.

    Namaste. and big hugs.

  12. I consider your work a yeomen service to humanity. Wished many would read your blog and get the best of them. Thank you so much You and Neeraj are wonderful God sent beings. Great work, keep it up.

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