Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is a Yogic breathing exercise that is generally practiced at the end of class and just prior to meditation and/or Shavasana. When you are ready to begin the pranayama instructions, invite your students to sit in Easy Seat on their Yoga mats. Begin by guiding your class to take three full, complete breaths. With their next inhale, have them place the index and middle finger of their right hand on the area between their eyebrows. Ask your students to gently close off their left nostril with the ring finger and little finger of the right hand, and then instruct your students to exhale slowly and completely for a count of five through their right nostril.
As they complete their exhale, instruct your Yoga students to inhale slowly and completely through their right nostril for a count of five. When they have completed their inhale, guide your students to pinch off their right nostril with the thumb of their right hand and exhale softly and slowly for a count of five through their left nostril. Continue In this way alternating nostrils for 5-10 rounds, and then have your students rest for a period of time in Shavasana. If time permits, you may wish to invite your students to spend a few minutes in meditation as you offer them a Yogic aphorism, spiritual teaching or contemplation.