When you close up your nostrils or when you pinch both nostrils be very deliberate about it be very strong with your hand and you don’t want to be gentle or subtle you want to make a very firm closure of your nose it will help you to relax it’ll help you to regulate the nervous system.
The last thing I’d like to share with you in terms of technique is for all these practices we use something called ocean breathing and this is where we gently close off the back of our throat and make a whisper sound, imaging fogging up a mirror and making a HAAAAA sound.
If you are new to this practice then please feel free to breathe through out through your mouth and in through your nose until you feel comfortable enough to use this ocean sound on both the inhale and exhale.
This ocean sound comes from the back of your throat. This breath helps us focus our breathing patterns as we close off the back of the throat we help control our breathing.
It also massages your Vagus nerve, your Vagus nerve is directly correlated with your parasympathetic nervous system, your rest and digest system so as we massage this nerve we calm our body down.
As you’re moving through these practices do your best to follow along with my voice. You can sit in a cross legged position or you can also sit in a chair. If you are in a chair please move your back away from the support and plant your feet on the ground about as wide as your hips, spine straight and your chin parallel to the ground. You can also lie down on your back on the ground or in bed for any of these practices there’s nothing magical or special about sitting on the floor the most important thing is that you are comfortable. So find whatever position is most comfortable for you.
Thank you for joining me on this challenge. I hope you find these breathing practices beneficial in your life.