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      Meditation Pt. 2, Alternate nostril breathing


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      Alternate-nostril breathing is a great precursor to meditation, as it sharpens your senses, helps you focus more intently, energizes you and in many cases helps to unclog your nasal passage. (In fact, most people have no idea that they are usually only breathing through ONE because the other is clogged 80-90% of the time!)

      Alternate-nostril breathing encourages mind to higher levels of discrimination, concentration and thoughts. It also gives more energy and oxygen to the physical body and helps calm your nerves and improve circulation.


      Before You Begin

      For a more advanced technique, consult a yoga teacher or an acarya (spiritual teacher). Your acarya will teach the pranayama technique that will be most beneficial to your mental and physical health and prepare you to complement the pranayama with mantra and meditation. No one should risk harm by practicing these techniques without consulting a trained yoga teacher.


      Technique

      Sit in Padmasana or Siddhasana (see other variations).
      Close your eyes. Press and close the right nostril with the thumb of the right hand. Draw in a deep breath through the left nostril. After taking a full breath, close the left nostril with the middle, ring and little finger of your right hand, taking the thumb away from the right nostril and slowly let the air out, expelling the breath fully. Inhale through your right nostril. After a full inhalation, close your right nostril with the thumb and release the fingers from your left nostril and breathe out through your left nostril. This completes one round.
      Begin with three rounds each time and gradually increase rounds as you progress through the weeks.


      When To Do This

      Do this in a well-ventilated, clean, smoke-free, dust-free, odor-free room.
      Do not perform this technique after asanas (yoga exercises).
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      Another Example

      Nadi Sodhana
      (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

      If you don't do anything else, this is a simple yoga breathing exercise that can be done virtually anywhere, anyplace. You will be glad you did. It is simply dynamic!

      The name alternate nostril breathing is due to the fact that we alternate between the two nostrils when we do the breathing. Yogis believe that this exercise will clean and rejuvenate your vital channels of energy, thus the name nadi sodhana (purification of nadis or channels).

      With this exercise, we breathe through only one nostril at a time. The logic behind this exercise is that normal breathing does alternate from one nostril to the other at various times during the day. In a healthy person the breath will alternate between nostrils about every two hours. Because most of us are not in optimum health, this time period varies considerably between people and further reduces our vitality. According to the yogis, when the breath continues to flow in one nostril for more than two hours, as it does with most of us, it will have an adverse effect on our health. If the right nostril is involved, the result is mental and nervous disturbance. If the left nostril is involved, the result is chronic fatigue and reduced brain function. The longer the flow of breath in one nostril, the more serious the illness will be.



      Benefits
      The exercise produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. This also creates a more balanced person, since both halves of the brain are functioning property.
      The yogis consider this to be the best technique to calm the mind and the nervous system.



      The Scientific Confirmation

      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 about every three hours. The yogis claim that the natural period is every two hours, but we must remember these studies were done on people who do not have an optimum health level.

      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.

      Medical science has not quite caught up with the ancient yogis yet. The yogis went one step further. They observed that a lot of disease was due to the nasal cycle being disturbed; that is, if a person breathed for too long through one nostril. To prevent and correct this condition, they developed the alternate nostril breathing technique. This clears any blockage to air flow in the nostrils and reestablishes the natural nasal cycle. For example, the yogis have known for a long time that prolonged breathing through the left nostril only (over a period of years) will produce asthma. They also know that this so-called incurable disease can be easily eliminated by teaching the patient to breathe through the right nostril until the asthma is cured, and then to prevent it recurring by doing the alternate nostril breathing technique. The yogis also believe that diabetes is caused to a large extent by breathing mainly through the right nostril.



      Technique
      Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
      Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
      Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.

      Start by doing three rounds, adding one per week until you are doing seven rounds.

      Alternate nostril breathing should not be practiced if you have a cold or if your nasal passages are blocked in any way. Forced breathing through the nose may lead to complications. In pranayama it is important to follow this rule: under no circumstances should anything be forced. If you use the nostrils for breath control they must be unobstructed. If they are not, you must practice throat breathing.

      Iyawo's Note: I disagree. If your nasal passages are blocked, alternate nasal breathing will eventually unclog them. You will not be able to go progressively deeper in breath or longer between breathes as someone who's nasal passage is not clogged, but you will gain benefits. I suggest you do a nasal cleanse to expediate matters. Here is how you do that:

      Poor Man's Nasal Cleanse
      1. Take a shower.
      2. Facing the water, tilt your head to the side.
      3. Deliberately take warm water into your nose on one side, allowing it drain down into your nasal passage. some may make its way to your throat. unless you are a child or a wild animal, you should be able to let this occur with panicking or choaking. lol
      4. Stay still for a moment, them simply tilt forward and allow the liquid to drain back out the way it came.
      5. If need be, "blow" out excess, including mucous the way you would if you were blowing into a kleenex. Wipe your face with washcloth.
      6. Repeat procedure on other nostril.
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      Neti Pots also work for clearing the nose passage for proper breathing and meditation practice.

      I think the ceramic kind are best, but here is an inexpensive version:
      http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/product/neti.html

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      Why cleanse the nose?

      To cleanse the nose with luke warm salt water is a yoga technique, which benefit is presently being discovered by still more people. This article deals with its origins, its possible applications and other things worth knowing. Nose cleansing, also called neti, is very easy to do. Everybody can learn it. The few directions given at the end of this article, though, should be followed carefully.



      Neti refreshes, and the nose becomes pleasantly open. The entire nose area is relaxed and cleaned from inside: Mucus, dust and dirt, even pollen and allergy provoking particles are gently rinsed out. This simple method can also help with many ailments or illnesses, e.g. cold, dry mucus membranes, allergy and asthma.

      In different cultures...

      In the yoga tradition neti is one of the so-called Hatha Yoga methods, that in various ways clean the body. There are similar methods for the eyes, stomach and intestines. Neti exists in different variations, but the most gentle and pleasant way is probably the one where, with the help of a special pot (see picture), you pour salt water through the nose. Corresponding methods, in more or less complete forms, can be traced to the most diverse cultures.

      With us here in Scandinavia nose cleansing is known as an old house hold remedy against colds and infections. Old fishermen tell, that they have avoided colds throughout their lives by sniffing salt water from the hand or a small bowl and spitting it out of the mouth again. Similar descriptions of how people take advantage of the sea water's curative and disinfecting abilities, one finds, amongst other places, in France, Germany, Finland and even Jamaica. With our senior citizen groups in Copenhagen, many of the participants still remember that in their childhood, nose cleansing was regularly used in the home against colds. At the turn of the century one could even, at many Scandinavian pharmacists, buy nose cleansing pots of glass.

      The following story originates from south Sweden: On a military base they had a large container full of salt-water, at the bottom of the container there was a small tap with a rubber hose. If the soldiers felt a cold coming on, they would put the hose to their nostril and let the water run through. That was the most effective means they knew against colds.
      ... and today



      For a long time it seemed that this old technique would be forgotten in favour of modern medicine. When the first yoga teachers from our schools over twenty years ago came from India to Scandinavia with neti pots they were almost unknown and many saw them as an exotic curiosity. But today nose cleansing has become a popular and established method - many see it as natural body hygiene, an economical and, above all, a healthier alternative to medicaments such as nasal drops and sprays. Especially in Sweden the doctors also show a great interest: "We recommend nose cleansing against dry mucus membranes, to people with allergies and when working in dusty environments", says chief physician, Dr. Claude Laurent, from the ear, nose and throat clinic in Falun in Sweden. He and his colleague, Dr. Matström from Huddinge Hospital in Stockholm, are two out of many doctors who recommend neti to their patients.

      At the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School we teach nose cleansing on all of our yoga courses, and during the last 20 years approximately 75.000 people in Northern Europe have learnt nose cleansing with us. Now and again one hears the question: "Why on earth should we clean the nose?!" But when people have tried neti, they are surprised about how easy and pleasant it is, and above all what effect it has. Many continue to use neti daily at home, and return and tell about how it helps them.

      Students report

      The spectrutm of experiences is broad: There are those who simply recount, that they feel fresher, more awake and clear in the head after having cleansed the nose. They first of all emphasise the relaxing effect that can even relieve or cure different forms of headaches, for instance migraine.

      With others nose cleansing has helped against physical ailments or even serious illnesses. A 19-year old student reports: "I suffered from chronic sinusitis for years, with headaches, tiredness etc. Medicine didn't help any more, and an operation was necessary. After I had learnt nose cleansing, together with a few breathing exercises, I used it daily. The operation became unnecessary, and today I am completely healthy". With sinusitis especially we receive a lot of feedback on the beneficial effects of neti. To receive the best results with this, neti should be performed in conjunction with certain breathing exercises. For this, though, it is necessary to be guided by a competent yoga teacher.

      People with allergies also have positive experiences. It improves their condition when they rinse their nose during the pollen season. A woman from Stockholm in Sweden related that since her childhood she has suffered terribly from hay fever - each spring with the usual symptoms: swollen eyes, that ran with tears, and a completely blocked nose. She has no problems today, even at the height of the pollen season. She cleans her nose daily, several times if it is necessary.
      What does physiology say?

      What actually happens as a result of the salt-water bath is described by professor Paul Stoksted from Odense, Denmark: "In the sinuses and mucus membranes microscopic hairs are found, the so called cilia, that all vibrate in the same direction. Under a microscope they resemble a cornfield swaying in the wind. The cilia are coated with a layer of mucus that catch dust, bacteria, pollen and white blood corpuscles. Through their motion the mucus membrane acts as a conveyer belt, transporting the mucus and caught particles through the nose, down the throat and further on to the stomach". Therefore it is not only the mucus membranes in the nose that are stimulated by the use of neti, but also the rest of the air passage all the way down to the lungs, which is especially beneficial to smokers. Actually nose cleansing activates all the mucus membranes in the body, also in the stomach and in the eyes. Professor Paul Stoksted continues: "The movement of the cilia hairs can be paralysed by virus and allergy provoking substances, and also when it dries out, the mucus becomes tough and crusty and looses its function. Cleansing with salt water keeps the mucus moist, the cilia hairs are stimulated and encrustations, dust as well as allergy provoking substances are removed". If one has problems with dry mucus membranes, which is often the case with dry air in offices and other places, one may add a drop of almond oil to the water (or another plant oil).

      Why nose cleansing helps chronically blocked nostrils and sinusitis, explains Dr. Kenneth Uhre from Tallmogården Sanatorium in Sweden: "The nasal cavity is connected to the sinuses with small orifices. When during a cold these channels are closed because of swollen mucus membranes, it can lead to sinusitis. By nose cleansing these channels are kept clear".

      Regular use of neti can also prevent colds, as it changes the PH-value towards alkaline. Because when the mucus membrane is too acidic, that is to say when the PH-value is too low, the virus can survive and become attached to the mucus membrane and thus develop into an infection. Contrarily, if the PH-value is higher, the virus dies. "Many people can even experience sinusitis-like symptoms when the orifices close for other reasons such as stress reactions or overwork", says Dr. Uhre. With this background it is also clear why neti can consistently relieve psychosomatic ailments such as asthma since during asthma attacks the mucus membranes become swollen, and make breathing difficult when the air passage is obstructed by mucus.

      The effects of neti are as you see very comprehensive and can be employed for many purposes. It is up to each individual how one would use it: As a daily routine together with brushing the teeth, as "medicine" when one has use for it, as help when one wants to stop smoking, together with the breathing exercises of yoga, or simply just when one feels like being refreshed...

      How to do Nose Cleansing - Neti
      To clean the nose, you use a neti-pot, a small pot with a spout that fits into the nostril and seals it. You fill the pot with luke warm water and dissolve a teaspoon of ordinary salt there in.
      Sea salt is unsuitable for nose cleansing. We have repeatedly experienced that people got a strong allergic reaction when they had sea salt in the pot - with ordinary salt, on the other hand, there were no problems. This might be due to the increasing pollution of the seas or a pollen content of the sea water.
      The water in the pot now has the same salt concentration as the body (0.9%), and will feel comfortable when it runs through the nose.
      Do neti over a sink. Hold the pot in one hand and place the spout against one nostril, so that it fits tightly. Lean forward, breathe relaxed through the mouth and turn the head to one side (see picture). Now the water will flow by itself, in through one nostril and out of the other.
      When half of the water has run through one nostril, gently blow out any remaining water and mucus. Then repeat this process in the other nostril.
      In the end the nose should be dried. You bend forward and let your head hang loosely down, so that the remaining water can run out of the nose. Close one nostril with the index finger and turn the head alternating from side to side. Blow gently (not forcefully) through one nostril at a time - until the nose is dry. This exercise to dry the nose is an important part of nose cleansing, and should be done thoroughly every time.
      After nose cleansing one can benefit from breathing exercises, first of all "The blacksmiths bellows" and "Kapalbhati", they cleanse the lungs and the respiratory passage and supply the blood with more oxygen. As a harmonic conclusion of such a small program, you can do "The alternate nostril breathing" to gain an even better balance and clarity in the brain.
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      bumping this thread. very good stuff. and YES meditation is a part of the afrikan experience.
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      other techinique of meditation


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      i often times go to the bottom of the lake or choosea place where there is no contact with civilization, the important thing to be in contact with nature,will lead you to your highest moment,try to listen to the birds,the water,the wind whispering,the creator is not in a church,temple,mosque,etc,it is in the simplest things,usually when ia meditating up close to nature,nature always givea sign,where i can go for solace and peace and quiet,in traditional indigenous culture,for example,the yanomamis of the amazon forest paid reverrence to the sun and the moon,native americans call the great spirit,thats why the eagle is considereda sacred animal,for native americans,while meditating in natural habitat,block our thoughts of your mind,all worries and other thoughts that will block the channels,it will block the flow of energy that you will be contact with the universe,the cosmos,beleive me! there isa hidden message in everything,i always make sure i clear my thoughts when i go to nature and meditate there, at home, i make sure i take spiritual cleanse bath with consecrated black soap and i do the prayer to cool down my ori in yoruba,then i will not go out for the remaining of the evening.

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      Up. I've been doing this for the past two weeks. Which one do you suggest works best? Are your nostril full cleared?
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      At present, no. I have some muscous buildup for some processed food. Its really an ebb/flow thing. I dont know if anyone can have completely clear nostrils 24 hr a days 365 days a year. The goal is get general breathing health and use this to deepen your meditation process. If you execute it properly you will breathe better and smell better. If you execute it and match it up with good eating habits that avoid muscous building foods, you will certainly be working with your body, instead of against it.

      These are two examples of the same process with details given in different parts. If when you read the two above you view as different then you may be executing the process wrong.
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      :cheers: Greetings! Is this also helpful for sinus troubles? I refuse to take these prescibed meds, they do more harm than good. Breathing in steam helps a lil, but it still hurts.


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      There are two examples of Alternate breathing here. Both are two ways of the same technique. Then there is a process of CLEANING the nostril passages.

      Both systems, alternate breathing and cleaning the passages will improve any sinus problems you have IF you are diligent. in the beginning it might be just annoying. lol But over time your conditions should lessen or disappear. Unless you have a serious condition that you havent spelled out here.
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      :cheers: Asante Bro. Ifa.! I will try this. My sinuses get infected because of congestion. I will look into ordering this device


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