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Sadhana, A Daily Spiritual Practice

Alternate Nostril Breathing, A Great Place to Start

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Sadhana is an important part of every yogi’s practice. Returning to quiet stillness daily is known to reduce stress, to alleviate anxiety and to promote a sense of overall health and well-being. No one wants to suffer, but to be human is to know suffering. A short daily spiritual practice that doesn’t require you to roll out your yoga mat for one whole hour gives you the tools you need to not only survive, but also to thrive.

Ready to start? Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama:

  • Sit in a comfortable position.
  • Place your left hand on your left knee or thigh.
  • Lift your right hand up toward your nose.
  • Exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
  • Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with you ring finger.
  • Open your right nostril and exhale through your right nostril.
  • Inhale through your right nostril and then close your right nostril with your thumb.
  • Open your left nostril and then exhale through the left nostril.
  • This is one cycle. Continue for two to five minutes.
  • Complete the practice by finishing with an exhale in the left side.
  • Lower your right hand to your right knee and take three deep breaths in quiet stillness.

Nadi Shodhana helps to quiet your mind, to soothe your nervous system and to subtly clear energy. This breathing exercise is known to relax your body, reduce anxiety and promote overall well-being.

Want to learn more? Join us for Meditation and Creating a Personal Practice with Meaghan Tozzi

On June 5th, June 12th and July 10th at 5:30 pm, Meaghan will teach you to create your own personal meditation practice. Students will learn to understand the calming effect of the breath on the nervous system and how to create a personal ‘tool box.’ You’ll be guided through breath exercises such as Nadi Shodhana, Viloma and Chandra Bhedana. Through the series of workshops, students will feel supported by the Teton Yoga Shala community to create new, healthy habits as well as a personal discipline for the present and the future.

This workshop is designed for students of all levels. Brand new yoga students will learn the principles of a daily practice and people who already have a strong sadhana practice will gain a safe, supportive space to discuss struggles and breakthroughs.

Meaghan will teach you to stay grounded for your family, to stay grounded for your community and to stay grounded for yourself. She’ll teach you how to get to know your inner voice, your intuition. The part of you that knows what kind of sadhana will serve you best. No matter what gurus say there’s no right or wrong way to meditate. Meaghan will encourage you to give yourself grace if you miss a couple of days, and then give yourself the accountability of community to create a sustainable, lifelong practice.


More about Meaghan:

Meaghan Tozzi is an artist, interior designer, and yogi whose creative passion was sparked in her twenties while living and studying art history in Florence, Italy. She has been a student of yoga since her early twenties and her passion for the practice and science of yoga has continued to grow over the years. She loves to learn and is curious about how the practice evolves with the individual. She is a 300-RYT teacher and has been practicing for over 20 years in Jackson Hole. She is a mother of three and lives in Wilson, Wyoming. She has a deep gratitude for all her teachers including: Adi Amar, Bhavani Maki, Eddie Modestini, Neesha Zollinger and Ainslie Mintz.