While the aim of this exercise is to help balance one’s psychophysiology, the breathing in this exercise should still be done diaphragmatically.
1. Assume the starting position. Depending on the ease with which you can breathe diaphragmatically it will be either supine, seated or standing.
2. Close off one nostril with your index finger.
3. Using only the open nostril, inhale slowly. You can place your other hand on your abdomen to ensure that you are breathing diaphragmatically.
4. Exhale slowly through the same nostril.
5. Complete 20 repetitions, then switch nostrils and complete 20 more repetitions.
Note: When switching nostrils, if there is difficulty breathing through the nostril you can lie on your side with the plugged nostril’s side up. This will help open that nostril.