One Round of Anuloma Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
1. Inhale through the left nostril, closing the right with the thumb, to the count of four.
2. Hold the breath, closing both nostrils, to the count of sixteen.
3. Exhale through the right nostril, closing the left with the ring and little fingers, to the count of eight.
4. Inhale through the right nostril, keeping the left nostril closed with the ring and little fingers, to the count of four.
5. Hold the breath, closing both nostrils, to the count of sixteen.
6. Exhale through the left nostril, keeping the right closed with the thumb, to the count of eight.
Benefits of Anuloma Viloma :
The exercise of the Anuloma Viloma produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. This will make both sides of the brain, the left side which is responsible for logical thinking and the right side which is responsible for creative thinking to function properly. This will lead to a balance between a persons creative and logical thinking. The Yogis consider this to be the best technique to calm the mind and the Nervous System.
The Scientific Confirmation:
Medical science has recently discovered the nasal cycle, something that was already discovered by the Yogis thousands of years ago. Modern scientists found out that we do not breathe equally on both nostrils, that is one nostril is much easier to breathe through than the other at any particular time. Each nostril alternates about every three hours. The Yogis claim that the natural period is every two hours, but we must remember these studies were done on people who do not have an optimum Health level.
Scientists also discovered that the nasal cycle corresponds with brain function. The electrical activity of the brain was found to be greater on the side opposite the less congested nostril. The right side of the brain controls creative activity, while the left side controls logical verbal activity. The research showed that when the left nostril was less obstructed, the right side of the brain was predominant. Test subjects were indeed found to do better on creative tests. Similarly when the right nostril was less obstructed the left side of the brain was predominant. Test subjects did better on verbal skills.