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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
This is a yogic breathing practice called alternate nostril breathing. It's an intentional practice, using some effort ... but easeful effort. Done for the purpose of calming the mind and opening to flow of life force.
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the more you know...
Breathing is such a wonderful gift. Too many of us never realize what tremendous potential it has to improve our lives. Too many of us go in the opposite direction, seeking contentment outside of ourselves or poisoning our lungs with chemicals that calm us only briefly and make us dependent. My mother chain smoked her entire life. She never got to hold her granddaughter because her life was cut short by cigarettes. I am very grateful to have discovered the magic power of deep breathing, of the mindful practice of meditation, which makes all the difference. “The more you know, the less you need.” - Y.C.
First (6/13 pm)
Practiced in through one nostril out through alternation. Clear mind. No worries
Nadi Shodhana
Glad to have found this guided alternate nostril breathing practice here. Hope to discover other guided pranayama practices in the app. Planning to use this recording daily. Feels so good after. Thank you.
This was a great meditation to do before bed. It was effective in relaxing and grounding me.
🙏🏻 Looking For Some Peace? 🙏🏻
Awesome track! Mindfulness & Meditation help us to focus on the moment while at the same time knowing we cannot capture that moment; we are in a flow of moments. We can watch moments in detail without being attached to them. Non-attachment to past & future stems from this practice. Worry about past or future is wasted energy, however we can observe the past & learn from it without agonising over it & trust ourselves to handle the future better. We can celebrate the opportunity to grow as we gain understanding from observation & experience. We can watch ourselves & avoid being caught up in over-reactions. I am loved, right now, in this moment, I love, and am part of love itself. I am aware of myself at every level - the mental slowing gracefully to sense the spiritual within & all around, and the physical being still, or moving. I tune in to the flow of life in my body & the flow of life everywhere. I circulate love with each breath - from without to within & from within to all around.
Relaxing but
It’s a great relaxing meditation but I found the finger movement to be more activity than I was looking for before sleep.
Thank you for taking me through my favorite pranayama practice. Focusing so intentionally on the breath really calms my soul. I am so grateful the you reminded me
Walter J
There certainly is power in pranayama (or alternative nostril) breathing. However, it seemed to take quite awhile for us to get there during this track and was thus not extremely ‘calming’ for me. Very beneficial, but the name could have been ‘learning’, ‘practicing’ or ‘alternating’ to set my expectations right. (My Issue, I know) For anyone who has not done pranayama before, this track is a great learning opportunity. Lauren is a great teacher. I never thought about doing it Mentally before so that was my learn here. Very helpful to do in a stressful situation, so it really is ‘calming’! ❤️😏🍀
I really liked this one. I found it very relaxing and calming.
Calm breathing
I did this one right after a mini Reiki session. I wish I could start every day this way!
Calm breathing
Love, love, love this peaceful seven minutes! I didn’t want to open my eyes when it was over. 💖
I definitely have more difficulty breathing in on the right. I initially feels almost suffocated but slowing the breath does help
Thank you
I am not calm as I perceive I am. Thank you. So much Namaste
I was reminded what it is to just BE! I used to meditate regularly and have let life take over. Feeling very grateful!
Alternative nostril breathing(?)
I felt rushed when we started to breathe closing off one nostril at a time. I had already started getting into deeper breaths, as instructed and I didn’t have enough time to continue with the same breath patterns. I thought that 7 minutes was a little too short for this exercise because once I felt comfortable with the exercise and the “directions,” plus getting my breathing back into the deep “down into the lobes,” as instructed, I was almost present—but I was also very curious about the “why” of this type of exercise. I would have loved to have learned a little bit about the history of it or something about why it might influence my stress level etc.
I find it hard to slow down my breathing but as I noticed a gradually slowing of my breath and a great relaxation with ease.
Breathing alternating nostrils
I felt awkward and that I couldn’t keep up at first. Then it became natural and relaxing. My annoyance prior to beginning had moved on.