Nose Breathing for Wellbeing

Nose Breathing for Wellbeing

Have you ever stopped to appreciate how marvelous your nose is?  For some, It is more than just an attractive feature on the face, and for others well their noses may not be so attractive, but nasal anatomy is brilliant. The nose is essential for warming air and adding moisture when we inhale. The internal nasal cavities and sinuses provide 90% of the required ‘air conditioning’ of inhaled air and also recover a third of exhaled heat and moisture.  The other thing I like about having a nose is I can inhale essential oils, smell beautiful food cooking and enjoy the perfume of nature, the smell of trees, earth, dust, rain, and ocean, just to name a few.

Stop for a moment and consider how you are breathing right now; is it through your mouth or comfortably and effortlessly through your nose?

Few of us ever consider how the nostrils of every living person pulse to their own rhythm, opening and closing like a flower in response to our moods, mental states, and perhaps even the sun and the moon.  The ancient text from Shiva Swarodaya described how one nostril will open to let breath in as the other will softly close throughout the day.  Some days, the right nostril yawns awake to greet the sun other days, the left awakens to the fullness of the moon. According to the text, these rhythms are the same throughout every month and they’re shared by all humanity.  It’s a method our bodies use to stay balanced and grounded to the rhythms of the cosmos and each other. (more…)

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