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Introduction to the Infin8space Weekly Energy Alignment Practice

Pranayama is a practice of breath regulation and it is a vital part of yoga for a holistic approach.

During our pranayama practice, we are not only reducing stress and balancing our mood, or improving our focus, we are also working towards rejuvenating our important organs.

The goal of pranayama is to strengthen the connection between your body and mind and our nervous system is regulated.

There are many ways you can do pranayama and if you are a beginner or trying to rebuild a disciplined practice, your first step would be to build a daily practice, joining our group will support this.

Start here

  1. Sit comfortably head, neck and spine are straight. Relax your neck and shoulders. Keeping your mouth closed, inhale and exhale slowly through your nose only

  2. Begin to aim for 9 minutes of breathwork every day. ( You can find supporting audio on my blog, click here.)

  3. Your inhale is a strong and active one and your exhale is slow and relaxing.

Initially, your breath count could be something simple like ... Breath in for 4, hold your breath for 4, breath out for 4 and pause for 4 and you can work with any counts that feel comfortable to you.

When you are ready to progress your practice you can add a technique known as...

Alternate nostril breathing

Continue with your count as you have already been doing, and instead of letting the airflow through both nostrils, only use one nostril at a time.

Alternate nostril breathing has been shown to enhance cardiovascular function and to lower heart rate as well as balancing the two hemispheres of our brain bringing balance.

To do this:

  1. Choose a comfortable seated position.

  2. Lift up your right hand toward your nose, pressing your first and middle fingers down toward your palm and leaving your other fingers extended.

  3. After an exhale, use your right thumb to gently close your right nostril.

  4. Inhale through your left nostril and then close your left nostril with your right ring finger and pinky.

  5. Release your thumb and exhale out through your right nostril.

  6. Inhale through your right nostril and then close this nostril.

  7. Release your fingers to open your left nostril and exhale through this side.

This is one cycle.

Continue this breathing pattern until it feels comfortable. Finish your session with an exhale on the left side.