Yogic Science

Anuloma Viiloma – Yogic Breathing for Improved Health

“Yoga has a message for the body, for the intellect, and for the spirit,” remarked Swami Kuvalyanand.

He once said, “Yoga teaches us how to take care of our bodies, our minds and our souls.”

A healthy physique is essential to a successful existence, and this truth holds true. In today’s stressed world, people are more convinced that yoga promotes good health, contentment, and happiness and is not simply an exercise regimen.

In this article, we’ll go through the alternate breathing technique known as Anuloma-Viloma pranayama. Proper regulation of the vital force, or prana, is called pranayama. It is true that the core premise of pranayama is the same, however there are many different ways to practise it. For example, Anuloma-Viloma (nerve purifying) or Nadisuddhi praanayama (nerve purifying) is one of the most basic forms.

Similar to a traffic-control squad, the members of the Anuloma Viloma practise are responsible for maintaining the roadways’ cleanliness, aesthetics, and functionality. Breathing into one nostril and out of the other is a key part of the process. Thus, the pranayama known as anuloma viloma, or alternate breathing, is named after it.

You must sit in one of the yogic sitting positions to do this. Starting with normal breathing while using moola bandha is a good place to start (i.e. comfortable anal contraction). Breathe in and out thoroughly while maintaining a steady moola bandha. Don’t let the moola bandha come undone while you’re doing this. Pause between inhaling and exhaling for a few seconds. Start by taking a few deep breaths in through your left nostril and then exhaling through your right. For one to three minutes, alternately breathe through your left and right nostrils.

To get to the next level, you must first feel at ease with the method. Keep your other four fingers together while pressing your thumb into the right nostril. Breathe in via the left nostril at a steady pace. Repeat this procedure with the opposite nostril. While breathing in, elevate the shoulders and extend the chest taking the ribcage up. It’s important to keep the lower abdomen under control.

Benefits: The respiratory passage is cleaned and this prepares one well for the practise of other pranayamas. Reliability and ease of breathing are restored. The heartbeat and the thoughts become synchronised. Other mental faculties are also helped by the supplement.

It is not recommended for people who have severe abdominal discomfort, swelling due to an appendicitis, liver enlargement, sensitive intestinal tracts, lung or throat conditions, nasal polyps (a growth in the nose caused by a cold), or a blocked nasal route.

Attention: Before attempting any of the asanas described in this article or on the website, readers are advised to take all appropriate safety precautions. Consult a doctor and a yoga instructor before doing any of the asanas to ensure that you don’t injure yourself. The obligation is exclusively with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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