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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nirmadi Nadi Shuddhi

I have been doing Nirmadi Nadi Shuddhi every since I learnt it in the 80's.  Although it has not always been a constant practice, I still do it.  I think I am much more consistant now that I am older then when I was in my 30's and 40's.  It is a wonderful addition to any practice. It just takes a little time and patience to get the hang of it but once you do, you will be pleasantly surprised.  I learnt to do it adding the Bandas, which I will explain later in the article. I have to say that I believe that because I practiced Nirmadi Nadi Shuddhi over the years and cleansed my Nadis, I feel this practice allowed my body to opened up  and my cerebral spinal fluid is able to move through me all the time now, I always feel my sacrum and my cranium pumping with the fluid. If you don't know what I am talking about find a Polarity Therapist in your area and get a Polarity/Cranial session and see how amazing it makes you feel.  Polarity opens up your body therefore opening up your life.

Deep Breathing Exercises

Deep breathing exercises is an important component to managing stress and many types of chronic illnesses.  Infants naturally breathe correctly and deeply.  When we are upset we will breath from our upper chest.  At that point we breathe about eighteen breaths per minute.  When you breathe from that level, you lose clarity and insight.  It is important to normalize your breathing down to a mid range of about 7-10 breaths per minute.  In this range you are calmer and not agitated.  You have clear thoughts more oxygen is flowing to the brain and your emotions have settle down.

Deep breathing exercises date back to at least 5,000 years ago in Egypt and India.  At this time yoga and its principles were reserve for the religious elite.  Eventually the principles became accessible to all and made its way to the U.S.
Scientist began studying the yogis as they practice this technique to see the benefit of deep breathing.  Deep breathing can be learn with or without yoga but all forms of yoga practice it.  Many yogis and meditation teachers believe that from doing Deep Breathing exercises you have a mind and body connection.  Belief is if you place all your attention on your breathing, you then connect the mind with how the body is feeling and responding to internal and external events.

Deep Breathing calms the mind and the nervous system.  It strengthen our lungs and conditions the muscles of the respiratory system making it more efficient at processing and delivering oxygen to our entire body.  It helps people with Asthma and Parkinson disease and people with reduced lung capacity.  It also helps you to manage stress and insomnia.


Nadis are fine subtle-energetic channels that represent an extensive network of fluid-like energies, which parallel the body nerves in their abundance.  The Nadis are symbolic of the petal and fine roots of the flower like charkas that distribute the life force and energy of each chakra into the physical body.  All of the charkas are connected to each other via the nadis.  Various sources have described up to 72,000 nadis or etheric channels of energy in the subtle anatomy of human beings.  These unique channels are interwoven with the physical nervous system.  Because of this intricate interconnection with the nervous system, the nadis affect the nature and quality of nerve transmission within the extensive network of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.  Dysfunction at the level of the charkas and nadis can therefore, be associated with pathological changes in the nervous system.  This dysfunction can be not only qualitative, in regards to the absolute amount of subtle energetic flow to the physical nerve substance, but also quantitative in terms of coordination between the chakra-nadi and nervous system.  In other words, there is a special alignment between the mayor charkas, glands and nerve plexuses that is necessary for optimal human functioning.

The Cleansing Power of Breath-Nirmadi Nadi Shuddhi

A great technique that has been utilized by Yogis for thousands of years, is the Nirmadi Nadi Shuddhi technique.  Nirmadi means without sound, Nadi-energy meridian and Shuddhi mean to purify.

Alternative Nostril breathing is derived from an awareness that the normal human breathing cycle alternates between the right and left nostrils every two hours.  It has been discovered that this nasal function also corresponds with brain function.  According to research, activity of the brain is found to be much greater in the side opposite the nostril with less congestion or blockage.  These blockages impact the natural brain function.

The right side of the brain controls creative activity while the left side controls verbal and logical activity.  Practice of Nirmadi Nadi Shuddhi has been shown to regulate the activity across both sides of the brain, by imposing a regular sine wave over the normal irregular brain activity.  The end result of this practice is a balance across many body functions and emotions.

So you should feel the following effects:

  • Balance across tendencies toward introversion and extroversion
  • Balance across the desire to act and actual action
  • Balance across creative and logical thought patterns
  • Increased feeling of peace and happiness
  • Increased feeling of purpose
  • Increased feeling of motivation
  • Increase and more sustained levels of energy

When we do Nimadi Nadi Shuddhi we use two bandas with the breath.  Bandas are just holds you place in the body during breathing.  When we breath in we contract jalandara banda and when we breath out we contract udhyana banda so that the breath comes up through the body.

1. Jalandara banda: This is basically used to restrain the breath below the level of glottis just after inhalation.
2. Udhyana banda:  Doing mock inhalation expand the chest, sucking in the relaxed abdominal muscle, so that they lie flat over the spine.

I guess you will just have to try it.  There are books out there for more instruction.  I just wanted to give you some information to open up your awareness.  Much success to you if this is a path you embark on. In Lak'esh (I am another yourself.

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