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NaMo's yoga pose of the day: Anulom vilom pranayama or alternate nostril breathing

Practice this deep breathing technique to keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Published : June 18, 2015 10:46 AM IST

PM Modi is taking the world by storm with yoga. After calling enthusiasts to take part in UN s International Yoga Day on June 21, he has been tweeting daily on yoga postures and their importance. The yoga videos even detail the intricacies of the yoga asanas. Today s yoga asana is anulom vilom pranayama or alternate nostril breathing which is excellent to keep blood sugar levels and cholesterol under control. It also helps in better functioning of the nervous system.

Steps to do the pose:

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  • Cross your legs and sit in padmasana. If you find it too difficult, you can sit in sukhasana or the easy pose.
  • Now place one hand with the palms facing the ceiling. Place the thumb of your other hand on one nostril and fold the index finger.
  • Keep the ring finger extended so that it can be used to close the other nostril. Do not lift your elbow too high, your hand will get fatigued after a while.
  • Now inhale deeply through one nostril while keeping the other one closed with your finger. Then open the other nostril and close the one you breathed in and exhale. This is one cycle.
  • To start the next cycle, breathe in through the same nostril that you exhaled out of and repeat the process. Practise this asana for about three minutes initially gradually increasing the amount of time to 15 to 20 minutes.

Tip: While you do the pranayama, make sure that you do not stress your body too much.

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