creating sustainable results in growth and performance
and psychological states are reflected in nostril dominance. By
controlling which nostril is functioning, it’s possible to “tune” to the
activity you’re involved in. For instance, before eating, the right
nostril should be open; before drinking water, the left. Breathing through
the left nostril generally connects with the right (or “emotional”) side
of the brain and produces a quiet, more inner-directed state.
How to Change
If, when you
wake up, the wrong nostril is dominant, change it right away; otherwise
the day may be negative and present obstacles.
several ways to change the airflow from one side to the other, if you want
to. If you lie on your left side, the right nostril will open. The
pressure on the arm and side of your chest sets up a reflex that
automatically dilates the open nostril and closes off the other one. This
can take from three to ten minutes. (Putting your fist in your armpit will
give the same result!)
lie on the left to stimulate the digestive process with the open right
nostril. When you go to bed, if you lie on the left side for five or ten
minutes, the opened right nostril will create increased body heat. When
you're warm and comfortable, turn to the right; that lets the left
nostril open. Then you're relaxed, calmed, and ready for sleep.
will flow equally through both nostrils, but if one side is closed for as
much as six to eight hours, some illness is on the way. The breath is
related to the flow of energy (prana or chi); imbalance always precedes
the appearance of symptoms.
constantly changing patterns of airflow are "apparently like a central
clearinghouse, or switchboard, where all the body's functions are having
an effect, and in turn being affected," write Rudolph Ballentine, M.D.,
and Swami Rama in Science of Breath. " Nostril dominance correlates with
many activities and aspects of human existence.