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Please see below for a yogic breathing technique that calms the emotions and cools the nervous system.
Cooling the Nervous System/Calming the Emotions
Pranayama, the ancient yogic science of controlling the life force, offers us ways to directly manage the body's physical, mental, and emotional processes.
Chandra Bheda Pranayama I - Lunar Breath
How to Do It
Sit tall and begin breathing diaphragmatically. Close off the right nostril and inhale through the left nostril evenly over 8 counts.
Close both nostrils and hold the breath for 8 counts.
Open the right nostril/keep left nostril closed and exhale evenly over 8 counts.
At the end of the exhalation, begin the cycle over again by inhaling through the left nostril over 8 counts.
Continue for about 6 cycles.
Adjust the count as needed to suit your own breath; let it be comfortable and not a strain.
Cools the nervous system, calms the mind and emotions.
Increases inner spiritual awareness
Keep the length of the inhalation, exhalation and holding of the breath within a comfortable range. Be especially careful of this if there are cardiovascular issues or pregnancy.