Time for a Breather

Sorry this blog post is a little spaced out since the last, I’ve been a little spaced out with a nasty cold for a while now and I’m just hoping I’m ready to send you a coherent blog (well I’ll let you be the judge of that!)

Although I may have felt lousy this week, I have had so much support from old friends and new, who have been looking out for me and offering their help – so a big thank you for all the hugs and pasta recipes to help me recover! It’s so important to listen to your body and take care of yourself – I gave myself a full 2 days in bed to rest as much as I could and filled my body with nourishing and yummy things – and possibly some vegan chocolate pudding too! We can put our bodies and minds through so much, so having ‘rest’ days can be just as important as having days in the gym or on the yoga mat.

So on that note of restful and easy days, I’m going to share with you my cool down and meditation sequence in this weeks 10 minute yoga video.

If you are interested in learning more about meditation I’d love to create a blog just about it, as it’s such a huge topic. You’ll find lots of great information online too. I just wanted to explain a little more about alternate nostril breathing which we do in the video, just to give you a clear idea about the science and the benefits.

We all favour one nostril over the other when it comes to breathing, so alternate nostril breathing (lets call it ANB for short!) is a great way to balance your breath, stimulating the nerve endings on both sides of your nose. Breathing in through your left nostril will access the right “feeling” hemisphere of your brain, and breathing in through your right nostril, will access the left “thinking” hemisphere of your brain.  Consciously alternating your breath between either nostril will allow you to activate and access your whole brain. With ANB you are bringing equal amounts of oxygen to both sides of the brain which therefore improves brain function and clarity – who doesn’t want that!

Also it can be a great practise to use this technique with just one nostril. If you close the right nostril and breathe with the left only, you will activate the parasympathetic nervous system which will calm you down and slow your heart rate – try this next time you’re having trouble sleeping and you’ll have a much more restful night! The counter of this would be to close the left nostril and breathe through the right only, this will give you a much more alert feeling, perfect when you need a boost!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog, if you have any question at all then just leave me a comment below.

Take care,

Laura x