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Pranayama 101: Why Do We Practice Nadi Shodhana?

Want to learn how to develop basic breath awareness as well as breath-manipulation techniques that will transform your practice? Join Pranayama 101: Breathing Practices for Vital Energy and Deep Relaxation. In this six-week online course, Tias Little, founder of Prajna Yoga and author of Yoga of the Subtle Body, will help you tap into the power of your breath for optimal mind, body, and spiritual well-being and to open energetic pathways for the flow of prana (life force). Learn more and sign up today!

Ah, Nadi Shodhana. Also known as Channel-Clearing Breath, this classical pranayama practice is an anchor across many styles of yoga. In fact, because of its relatively rapid calming effect, it has vaulted beyond the mat and into c-suites and even politicians’ routines. But how does it work? Here, Tias Little, who leads YJ’s online course Pranayama 101, explains the energetic purpose of alternate-nostril breathing and how it impacts you at a subtle-body level.