The practice of yoga needs no introduction. It has been a way of living for generations, largely for its various health benefits. And there’s nothing that yoga can’t do for you. That’s why it is our go-to solution for anything and everything!
One of the practices of yoga—anulom vilom, also known as the alternate nostril breathing is one of the most beneficial breathing exercises. Let’s look at some of its benefits:
1. Boosts the respiratory system
A study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine found that alternative breathing practices can improve the functioning of the lungs. Further, it strengthens the lungs and improves any respiratory issues, such as asthma or chest infection.
2. Improves digestion
Controlled breathing helps in better blood and oxygen flow in the body, which can help you with any stomach-related infections, or even constipation. It also helps to improve the functioning of your digestive system.
3. Reduces stress
As we all know any kind of exercise or physical activity helps to reduce the cortisol levels, and this is true in the case of anulom vilom too! Researchers from a study published in the Journal of Indian Medical Association found that participants who performed anulom vilom showed improvement in anxiety levels, as compared to those who practiced suryanamaskar.
4. Minimises snoring
Controlled breathing in anulom vilom helps to remove any kind of blockages present in your nostrils and allows smooth and constant passage of oxygen. This ensures that issues such as snoring are subsequently reduced.
5. Maintains a healthy heart
Anulom vilom helps in purifying blood with better oxygen supply, and removing any blockages. This, in turn, helps in regulating blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of any heart disease.