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Anuloma Viloma

What is Anuloma Viloma?

Anuloma Viloma is a breathing technique. In Sanskrit Anuloma means with the natural order and Viloma means going against. Thus it is called Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. In this Breathing Technique, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and exhale through the other nostril. A healthy person breathes mainly through the left nostril that is the path of the ida nadi, and then through the right nostril, the path of the Pingala nadi. If you are really healthy, you will breathe through the Ida nostril about one hour and fifty minutes, then through the Pingala nostril.
 But in many people, this natural rhythm is disturbed. Anuloma Viloma balances the rhythm of breathing and restores, equalizes flow of Prana in the body.

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What is the technique of Anuloma Viloma?

There are six steps that form one round of Anuloma Viloma. First raise your right hand, curling your forefinger and middle finger into your palm, leaving thumb, fourth finger, and little finger extended.

1. Place your thumb on the right side of your nose and apply gentle pressure just under the bone, where the fleshy part of the nose begins. Inhale through the left nostril, to the count of four.

2. Hold the breath by closing both the nostrils, to the count of sixteen.


3.Then exhale through the right nostril, closing the left with the ring and little fingers, to the count of eight. 

4. Inhale through the right nostril, keeping the left nostril closed with the ring and little fingers, to the count of four. 

5. Hold the breath, closing both nostrils, to the count of sixteen. 

6. Exhale through the left nostril, keeping the right closed with the thumb, to the count of eight. 

Initially practice three rounds and gradually reach upto twenty rounds.


What are the benefits of practicing Anuloma Viloma?

Anuloma Viloma helps to balance and harmonize the functioning of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and ensures optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. It is the best technique to soothe the nervous system and calms the mind. It encourages the removal of state air and toxins as the exhalations are longer than inhalation in this technique.


Yoga Exercises

Adho Mukha Svanasana II Anulom Viloma II Apanasana II Ardha Matsyendhrasana II Balasana II Bhunjangasana II Bidalasana II Chandrasana II Chaturangasana II Gomukhasana II Halasana II Janu Sirsasana II Jathra Parivartanasan II Konasana II Mandukasana II Matsyasana II Natarajasana II Padmasan II Paripurna Navasana II Parsva Uttanasana II Pascimottanasana II Pranayama II Purvottanasana II Salamba Sirsasana II Sarvangasana II Setu Bandha Sarvangasana II Siddhasana II Simhasana II Sukhasana II Utkatasana II Uttanasana II Utthita II Vajrasana II Virbhadrasana II Vriksasana





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