Channel Clearing Breath
“Alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple but powerful technique that deeply relaxes the mind and body. Use it to quiet your mind before beginning a meditation session or to calm racing thoughts and anxiety if you are having trouble falling asleep.
This focused breathing serves the purpose of regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. Here is a practice you can try right now:
Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril.
At the peak of your inhalation, close off your left nostril with your third and fourth fingers, then exhale smoothly through your right nostril.
After a full exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb at the peak of your inhalation.
Continue performing alternate nostril breathing for the next few breaths, following the same pattern. Your breathing should be effortless, with your mind gently observing the inflow and outflow of breath.
Balance Energy flow
Hand positions are used to regulate and balance the flow of subtle energy throughout the body. Joining the fingers or touching them to another part of the body creates a circuit that allows the energy, or prana, to flow. Here is one to try in your next meditation:
This position as seen in the picture is known as “the seal of patience,” It is formed by placing the tip of the middle finger on the tip of the thumb.
The energy position is said to promote patience and discernment, as well as the courage to fulfil one’s dharma or life purpose.