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Our ability to relate to the world — and to thrive within it — is hugely dependent on our mental state. Similarly, our mental energy is subject to the demands placed upon us in today’s modern world. When we feel chaotic within ourselves, the more chaotic the world around us can seem.
You may already know that having a radiant auric shield is key to filtering this chaos. Its strength relies upon the balance of energy within the body.
When the energy in the right side of the body (sun) matches that of the left (moon), your physical and, in turn, mental energy becomes balanced.
Here we look at how you can achieve this with breathwork.
Benefits of this Breathwork
- Increases concentration and focus
- Restores a sense of balance
- Improves mental clarity
- Helps maintain a healthy immune system
- Reduces fatigue
- Increases emotional stability
- Encourages a clearer mindset
- Enables you to recognise goals
How to do this Breathwork
Keeping up with life’s constant demands can be challenging for both the experienced yogi and to those who are just starting out. When your energy becomes overstretched, it can be hard to recognize what your mind and body needs.
Here’s how you can help restore your energy balance:
For this Pranayama, sit in Easy Pose or in any position that feels comfortable to you. Sit up tall and make sure that your spine is completely straight.
Close your eyes and direct your gaze to the Brow Point.
To practice this sequence, focus your attention on the nose.
Using your right index finger, close your right nostril and take a deep inhale through the left nostril. Hold the breath here for 45 seconds. Then with the same finger, close your left nostril, and exhale through the right nostril in four equal strokes.
Continue alternating the breath with each nostril for three to four minutes. Then, when you feel ready, increase the exhalation to eight strokes as you breathe out in eight equal parts — still using the right nostril.
Keep this meditation sequence going for ten minutes as you direct your focus to the flow of breath.
It may take you some time to get used to this meditation. If you are just starting out you may want to hold the breath for a shorter period of time initially, and build up slowly each time you practice.
This entire breathwork session will take you no longer than 15 minutes.
Practicing this Pranayam balances your mental energy by tapping into the physical energy held in the sun and moon sides of your body. By focusing your breath on one side of the body at a time, your inner energy flow can be naturally restored.
Part of the Kundalini journey is finding out what works for you. When it comes to realigning your energies, it may be useful to keep this meditation to hand — why not bookmark it to use whenever you need some extra clarity?