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You wake up late, rush to get ready and sprint to work, only to be faced with a barrage of emails, deadlines and meetings.
It seems like your mind is working so quickly, trying to catch up, trying to keep up, that you can’t even notice what is right in front of you. Does this sound familiar?
Sometimes, you launch right into your work day, and the idea of slowing down seems so far away. We’ve got news for you. Pausing to meditate for even 30 seconds can refresh your entire being – mind AND body. So, step away from your computer, close your office door, or, hey, maybe even lock yourself in a bathroom stall, and use these quick, simple, EFFECTIVE meditations to reset your brain and head back to work better than ever.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a simple and effective meditative technique to settle the mind, body and emotions. It helps clear the mind, prime the body for relaxation, and free energy flow. Breathing through both nostrils separately sends equal parts oxygen to both sides of the brain, clearing brain fog and easing tension.
First, find a comfortable seat. Plant both feet firmly on the floor, and find a tall, straight spine. Place one palm face up on your knee, or in ghyana mudra (palm faces up, and bring tip of the index finger and thumb to touch). With the other hand, bring your palm face up, and then tuck in your index and middle finger. Your thumb will be responsible for blocking the right nostril, and your ring/pinky finger will block the left.
Exhale all of your air out. Block your right nostril with your thumb, and begin with a slow inhale through the left nostril. Block the left nostril with the ring and pinky fingers, release the thumb from your right nostril, and exhale out the right. Then, inhale right, block right, and exhale left. Inhale left, block left, exhale right.
Keep going for 3-5 minutes. For extra guidance, follow along with this YouTube video!
It’s important to remember that in every moment, we have the power to decide how we are feeling. Feeling stressed out and anxious can affect our lives in so many different ways, but through these meditation and relaxation techniques, we can really harness our power and come back to the present.