From Yoga a simple exercise to relieve headaches and fatigue

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What can we do to feel a little better in a short time when we have a slight headache or when we feel tired? We can try to practice a simple exercise related to yogic breathing.

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What can we do to feel a little better in a short time when we have a slight headache the when we feel tired? We can try to practice a simple exercise related to yogic breathing.





We already told you about the alternating nostril breathing, a technique of breathing which Yoga includes in pranayama and which is considered useful for regulating our physical, mental and vital energy.

Maybe we don't realize it but during the day there are different phases in which alternating one nostril predominates over the other mind we breathe. If we focus on our breathing we can understand if at this moment we are breathing mainly from the right nostril or from the left nostril. In some stages, however, we actually breathe with both nostrils.

La right nostril it is linked to the sun (Surya), heat, the male universe, regenerating energy and the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates the metabolism.

La left nostril it is related to the moon (Chandra), cold, the female universe, calm, relaxation, creativity and the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system.

When we have a headache we can try to close the right nostril and breathe deeply for a few moments only with the left nostril (I inhale and exhale only from the left nostril). Breathing from the left nostril is related to relaxation. If our headache is generated by a series of physical and emotional tensions, this exercise could be useful to relieve it.

If instead we feel tired, let's try to close the left nostril and breathe for a few moments only from the right nostril (I inhale and exhale only from the right nostril). Breathing from the right nostril reactivates our vital energy and can help us regain energy. This practice is considered useful to apply, for example, when we already feel tired upon waking up. If when we wake up we notice that we are breathing with the left nostril, we try to breathe for a few moments with the right nostril to see if the situation improves.



La alternating nostril breathing is a recommended practice for adults e contraindicated for children (children must always breathe freely, even when doing Yoga).

Le breathing techniques (pranayama) that the tradition of Yoga has handed down to us they are not a simple pastime, should not be underestimated in their effects on the body and mind and should be practiced carefully and ideally under the guidance of an expert teacher who knows how to evaluate the most suitable exercises to perform based on the state of health, nutrition and lifestyle of the student.



Read also:

BREATHING WITH ALTERNATE Nostrils: THE BENEFITS AND HOW TO PRACTICE IT

COMPLETE YOGIC BREATHING: THE BENEFITS AND HOW TO PRACTICE IT

YOGA: HERE'S HOW IT TRANSFORMS BODY AND MIND FROM THE FIRST LESSON ONWARDS

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