Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (For All Mental Disorders) / Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama:
A combination of Surya Namaskar, Nadi Shodhana Pranayam / nadi shuddhi pranayama and a ten minute meditation can lead to the resolution of many mental disorders that find no permanent solution in Allopathic or other systems of western medicine. These systems of medicine, do not work on the root cause of the disease, but on the superficial symptoms. In the long run, these medicines cause more damage through depletive side–effects. Yogic science on the other hand has no bad side-effects and it works on the deep lying causes and cures from within. Such as the nadi shiddhi pranayama, the Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama Steps In Detail will help you clear all mental disorders.
Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing )
As the name suggests it works on the nadis, the nerves and mental problems are also problems of the nervous system. In this pranayama, we breathe through alternate nostrils in a particular ratio.
The two nostrils are related to two important nadis (nerves channels) and these two Nadi, in turn,n are connected to the two hemispheres of the brain — the left channel is connected to the right hemisphere of the brain and the right channel is connected to the left hemisphere of the brain.
By breathing in a controlled manner in the practice of Nadi Shodhan, we work towards creating a balance in both the hemispheres of the brain. This balance leads to immense calm in the mental sphere of an individual thereby curing various mental disorders like nervousness, anxiety, fear, and depression.
- Sit with your spine and head comfortably straight, relax your shoulders and close your eyes.
- Keep your palms facing the sky resting on your thighs.
- Take your right hand to your nose bending your elbow comfortably. Place the hand with the thumb and ring finger bent to touch the nostrils.
- Start with exhaling from the left nostril. Close the right nostril first with the ring finger and little finger and exhale completely. After exhalation, inhale deeply through the same nostril.
- Now release the right nostril and close the left at the same time without losing breath. Then exhale completely through the left nostril and inhale deeply from the same.
- Steps 4 and 5 are one cycle. Repeat cycles for 5 minutes.
Meditation For Utmost Mental balance
Meditation is a state of mind and body where complete harmony and peace are experienced through attaining steadiness of the bodily posture and focus of the mind on a chosen object. Thousands of meditative techniques are given in the ancient shastras.
For example, Vijnanabhairva Tantra alone describes 112 techniques of practicing meditation. Meditation helps in bringing about the clarity of mind by reducing waves of thought constructs that are the cause of mental stress, delusion, worry, confusion, lack of focus, loss of memory, etc. When all these symptoms stay for a longer period of time then they become the cause of manifest mental disorders and psychiatric problems.
A simple technique of meditation is to sit down in a silent place, keeping the spine straight, eyes closed, focusing on a chosen image e.g. flame of light, rising ball of golden sun, the image of god or guru, jyotirlingam, etc., for 10 minutes every day. This is sufficient to bring calmness to the mind that can sustain itself throughout the day.