Control Seizure Disorder With Pranayama

Yoga-based breathing techniques are thousands of years old practices. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, referred to as Alternate Nostril Breathing, can have a positive life-changing impact on the nervous system. Pranayam is a simple and effective practice people can use to clear the mind and calm inner self. Centuries-old written and oral documents have mentioned that it is possible to Control seizure disorder with pranayam. The Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is an elixir for mental peace and self-control. Inhalation and exhalation happen automatically for everyone. It is a self-propelled process. Our body has nine openings for transmitting the senses with and doing the actual work. But out of the nine, the nose is the central opening through which we get breathing. If the breathing process is regularized, it can help reduce the fits that one gets due to fear, insecurity, misunderstandings, or mental problems.

The most important thing is breathing

The basis of all this is proper breathing, which is predominantly abdominal breathing. Proper breathing calms the nerves, improves appetite, moves the digestive system, and results in restful sleep. If there is not enough oxygen supply, the blood circulation slows down. Used, toxic substances remain, which should leave the lungs by exhalation. The lungs and the stomach, liver, and, most importantly, the brain is damaged. The skin will be pale, digestion will be mild, the heart will slow down, the brain becomes dull, thoughts are confused, depression settles on the soul. It is impossible for a man working hunched to breathe deeply.

Proper breathing

Most people do not breathe with adequate efficiency. When we are born, we immediately follow the abdominal wall breathing, which becomes short breathing as a young adult. Stress causes the abdominal wall muscles to tense, thus not providing space for balanced healthy breathing.
Many people breathe too superficially, breathe in for too short a time, and don’t suck in air deep enough. If we breathe poorly, countless substances are trapped in the body in acids because there is not enough oxygen to burn them. In addition, the lack of oxygen in the tissues leads to increased acid formation and thus further over-acidification. It is a practical help to pay attention to exhale the air more intensely consciously.
When you begin to become aware and change your breathing, your body will respond wonderfully and initiate various self-healing processes. Abdominal breathing calms, strengthens, more oxygen flows in, is good for our body, and positively modifies our emotional world.
Indian scriptures teach that the slower one breathes, the longer one lives. The secret of the healing effect of breathing is that while stress activates the sympathetic nervous system and stimulates the production of stress hormones, slow, deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for its calming and production of serotonin hormone involved in mood regulation.
We can also use our breathing to affect our brain function. If we study our body and our breathing carefully, it can show us which part of our nervous system is more active (dominant) at that moment and allows us to act accordingly.
There is a so-called nasal cycle , which is regulated by the central nervous system. It means that there are periods when we can breathe more quickly through the left nasal passage, and there are periods when we can breathe more quickly through the right nasal passage. This is related to the dominance of the hemispheres of the brain, as evidenced by EEG recordings.
These findings come from several studies that address the selective stimulation (stimulation) of the hemispheres in the study of alternative respiration.

Alternating nostril breathing

The naḍi conveys the life-giving energy and feelings in the subtle and coarse physical body. Sodhana means refining, purifying, so naḍi-sodhana means purifying the energy and nerve pathways. The point of this breathing is that you only breathe through one nostril. One nostril is closed with the finger, while the other is left free and breathed through.
After just a few minutes, we can experience the physical-mental harmonizing effect of alternating nostril breathing.
We can naturally balance the brain's two hemispheres through the left and then right nasal passages with alternating breathing. Left nostril breathing helps relaxation, while exhalation and inhalation through the right nostril have an simulating effect, helping concentration. Those who breathe mostly through the right nasal passage stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, leading to high blood pressure.

What changes can breathing practices cause in people's brains/minds?

With higher activity in the right hemisphere, we can breathe more easily through the left nasal passage. When we breathe through the left nasal passage, we stimulate the brain's right hemisphere and strengthen the function of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is linked to a slowing of the heart rate (the effort on the heart will be higher because more blood is squeezed through the heart per heartbeat). With higher activity in the left hemisphere, we can breathe more easily through the right nasal passage. When we breathe through the right nasal passage, we stimulate the brain's left hemisphere and strengthen the function of the sympathetic nervous system. As a result, the heartbeat speeds up, blood pressure rises, the body’s oxygen consumption increases, the skin’s blood vessels constrict, and body temperature is maintained (this explains why yogis tolerate very extreme weather conditions). With this, we can influence the different brain centers through conscious effort. We can increase our perception of physical and mental energy, awaken feelings of alertness and enthusiasm to create a positive mood. With alternating nostril breathing, we can slow the heartbeat. In doing so, we give our heart a chance to rest for a little longer than usual after two consecutive contractions. Allowing more blood to flow into the heart and contract with greater force, strengthening the heart muscle and maintaining good condition.

How to practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama:

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama should be practiced daily on an empty stomach early in the morning. Ideally, when the intestines are emptied, and the mouth and body were clean.

Detailed Instructions

1. Sit comfortably. Your hips should be perpendicular to the ground.
2. Take Vishnu mudra by placing the right hand thumb on the right nostril with ring finger and pinky on the left side.
3. Exhale, then close the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril
4. Release the pressure on the right nostril and exhale
5. Press the left nostril with the ring finger and inhale through the right nostril
6. Release Left nostril and exhale
7. This completes one entire cycle
8. Repeat 10-12 cycles
9. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths through both nostrils before you end the session. You can also add some meditation after this breath work routine. Try to avoid eating anything for at least 30 minutes after any yoga or pranayama session.

Focus entirely on your breathing. Breathe in and out completely, always through your nose, focusing on exhaling. Allow the inhalation to occur on its own - said psychologist Merill.

When to avoid the practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayam

• During Cold, fever, flu
• During menstruation
• Blocked sinuses
• Full stomach
• One with heart trouble, high anxiety, or nervousness should not practice Nadi Shodhana with retentions

Health Benefits of Nadi Shodhana

• Balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain
• Improves spatial orientation and spatial memory (left nasal passage)
• Improves verbal expression (right nasal passage)
• Sharpens the five senses
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• It rejuvenates the tissues of the body when fresh oxygen enters each cell
• Rejuvenates the mind; increases concentration, intellect, and memory
• Balances blood pressure
• Calm purifies and strengthens the entire nervous system
• Balances the right and left sides of the brain
• Brings balance to mind and emotions
• Removes constriction and obstruction in the channels
• Harmonizes and balances the left and right channels of the body

Nadi Shodhana restores improper breathing habits. Exercising provides the body with the right amount of oxygen and effectively removes carbon dioxide and toxins from the blood. It balances and stimulates the functioning of the hemispheres of the brain. Relieves stress, relieves anxiety.

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