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Yoga Breathing Exercise For Relaxation - Excellent For Equestrians
Before a horse show or simply before an everyday ride, when you're finding yourself particularly nervous about riding your horse, try this exercise. This is an excellent way to relax almost immediately -- anywhere -- anytime.
Alternate Nostril Breathing -- Yoga term: Nadi Sodhana
- Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four.
- Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger, and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril, and exhale through this nostril. Do this to the count of eight. This completes a half round.
- Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.
Start by doing only a two or three rounds per session. In time, you can add more rounds, as needed. You may find yourself using the alternate nostril breathing for relaxing during lots of stressful situations -- before a job interview, before a dental appointment etc. -- not just to relax you before riding your horse.
Benefits of Nadi Sodhana:
This exercise produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. The result is a more balanced person. The yogis consider this to be the best technique to calm the mind and nervous system. At first, it will feel a little like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time, but with a little practice, it will become second nature.