Exercise #127 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 5

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“Let the people have no cunning and no greed
So those who scheme will not dare to meddle
Act without contrivance
And nothing will be beyond control.”
Tao Te Ching #3:3, translated by www.Taoism.net


This exercise comes to us from the healing art of Yoga.   I have found it to be helpful for clearing my sinuses particularly during allergy season.  However, its purpose in Yoga is quite different.  Yogis believe that we breathe in and out of only one nostril at any given time.   This creates an imbalance between the creative side and the reasoning, analytical side of our brains.   Yoga practitioners use this exercise several times throughout the day to improve their overall health and to  better balance the body and mind.

Alternate nostril:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips underneath you slightly so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Use a finger to hold one of your nostrils closed as you breathe in slowly through the other nostril.  Then close that nostril off with your finger and breathe out through the opposite nostril.
  3. Continue to breathe in through one nostril and out through the other for a total of 6 times.  Then alternate so that you are breathing in through the nostril you were breathing out of and breathing out through the other for a total of 6 times.

You may practice this alternate nostril breathing as often as you wish during the day.  In fact, Yoga masters recommend that you repeat this exercise several times a day.

 Acupressure point:

  • Click on the illustration above from Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your vies.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled Lu 9 (Great Abyss).
  • Press firmly on this point on either hand for a full minute while breathing in and out slowly and thoughtfully.  You may change hands and repeat.

Benefits: Using this acupressure point frequently will relieve lung problems, coughing from a cold or allergies and asthma.


Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty.  A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.


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~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~

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