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Precautions to be kept in mind while performing this Pranayama
As per the expert, “The flow of breath in a normal healthy person alternates approximately every 2 hours. But for the majority of people, this period is either too short or too long due to unhealthy diet, lifestyle, stress, disturbed sleep cycle, various diseased conditions, toxins, lack of physical exercise, etc. Regular practice of alternate nostril breathing helps to balance the flow between two nostrils which slowly corrects mental and physical equilibrium.”
1. Practice it at the right time
The best time to practice any pranayama is 2 hours before sunrise to 1 hour after sunrise. Doing it around the time of sunset is also beneficial. If you cannot perform the Anulom vilom paranyama during these times, any time of the day is fine.
2. Should be practised on an empty stomach anywhere outside
It should be practised on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after a meal. Along, prefer to practice it outside in nature or a well-ventilated room, sit in a meditative posture such as Padmasana, Siddhasana, Swastikasana, Vajrasana, or Sukhasana. Remember to keep your head, neck, and spine in a straight line.
3. Mind your hand postures
The left hand should be resting on the left knee in Chin mudra. Chin Mudra is when the thumb and first fingers are gently pressed; the other three fingers are lightly extended.
4. Keep your elbows in the right position
Keep your right elbow bent. Position your right hand on the nostrils in Pranav mudra. Also, keep your right elbow relaxed and resting on the right side of the chest for comfortable practice.
You may skip practising this Pranayama if you have too much cough condition or a closed nostril. In heart conditions such as high/low BP, perform it under supervision.