Welcome to part one of this five-part series of 1-minute meditations to release anxiety! I’m so psyched to be guest blogging here on FitFluential’s platform to bring you these beautiful, quick, and efficient breath practices.
Today, we’re practicing alternate nostril breathing. This meditation is a pranayam (fancy Sanskrit word for breath practice) that is super simple and accessible. You can take it everywhere you go! The benefits of this practice are vast:
- Balances the left + right hempispheres of the brain
- Grounds your energy
- Gets you “out of your head”
- Balances your emotions by targeting the limbic system
- Can help with headaches, migraines, and other stress-related symptoms
When you emphasize your inhalation, the sympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system boosts the heart rate and blood pressure, boosts alertness and stimulates us.
When you emphasize your exhalataion, the parasympathetic nervous system slows the heartbeat and relaxes the circulation, nerves, and digestive system. It relaxes us and promotes elimination, both physically and emotionally.
Happy breath = happy nervous system = happy you. Enjoy your practice!