Alternate Nostril Breathing for Anxiety & Stress

Alternate Nostril Breathing for Stress and Anxiety

Alternate nostril breathing is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety. In addition to helping to relieve anxiety and stress, alternate nostril breathing has other benefits:

  • Relaxes you
  • Harmonizes left & right brain
  • Calms & centers mind
  • Gives you a boost of energy



How to do Alternate Nostril Breathing


  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your back erect and relaxed.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Raise your right hand & close the right nostril with your right thumb.
  4. Inhale through the left nostril - 4 seconds.
  5. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger and at the same time remove your thumb from the right nostril.
  6. Exhale through this nostril - 8 seconds.
  7. Inhale through the right nostril - 4 seconds.
  8. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and release your other fingers.
  9. Exhale through the left nostril - 8 seconds.


This completes 1 full round. Do 3-7 rounds at a time.


Do not force the breathing. Relax and allow it to flow. If there are nasal passage blockages, use another breathing technique. Breathing times are suggested times only.

Shawngela Pierce

Written by : Shawngela Pierce

Shawngela is a Law of Attraction and Meditation coach. Her focus is to help people attain true health and wellbeing by using her gift to channel information to guide others. Schedule a session with Shawngela and find out how the power to heal lies within you.

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