In the yogic tradition, for thousands years, old yogis have used the left and right nostrils to affect the nervous system. Maybe they didn´t really think about it as nervous system, it was more the yogic energy system they wanted to affect. In the yogic tradition breathing through the left nostril will make you more calm and lower the stress in your body and breathing though your right nostril will make you more energetic and your mind will become more focused. I love using the left and right nostrils in different alternate breathing exercises, there are a few different variations, but here you´ll focus on only getting more energy breathing through your right nostril.
This is a good breathing exercise to do in the morning the first thing you do, or when you feel tired and need to be more alert.
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”