Opening• Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice, originating in ancient India.• The goals of yoga are varied and range from improving health to achieving enlightenment.• The most basic part of yoga is an emphasis on breathing and posture.• On average, we take some 20,000 breaths a day• “Prana” is Sanskrit for “vital life” and also “breath”.
Objective• Given that participants breathe freely and have free range of motion with their hands, the participant will demonstrate a nose yoga breathing technique, using a 4-step process designed by a yoga expert .
What’s In It For Me?• Benefits to nose yoga – Increases oxygen to the brain in a regulated fashion – Increases alertness – Decreases sleepiness, stress, anxiety.
ContentStep 1: Make the hand form(finger pranayama) Step 2: Close right nostril, and breathe in the left nostril. Step 3: Close left nostril, and breathe out the right nostril. (Repeat, alternating nostrils.)
Practice and Feedback• Practicing making the hand form (finger pranayama), and alternate your breath.• Pair up with a partner if you need help.
Skill Check• Where you able to master the alternate breathing steps?• Did you feel more calm, awake or alert after practicing nose yoga?• What else did you experience as a result of practicing nose yoga?