Take a breath, Hillary!

by: Kansas City Star
Published: September 20, 2017

Go on. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out.

Hillary Clinton wants you to do it — and she’ll even show you how.

Clinton is a fan of a stress-reducing yoga technique called alternate nostril breathing.

Simply put, it’s this: Taking alternate breaths while you hold one nostril closed then the other.

Do it over and again until all those worries about North Korea killing us just melt away.

The Chopra Center describes how to do it here.

At an event last week in New York, according to Slate, Clinton talked about how she dealt with losing the presidential election. Her list of coping mechanisms included prayer, support from family and friends, chardonnay and this rather odd-looking breathing technique.

“I did some yoga,” she said. “Tried alternate nostril breathing. I highly recommend it. It kind of calms you down.”

She describes it in her new campaign memoir, “What Happened.” So when CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed her this week he got nosy and asked her to demonstrate it.

And she did, pinky kind of sticking up like a posh Brit drinking tea while pinching her nostrils.

Score one for Cooper.

“I can only say, based on my personal experience, that if you’re sitting cross-legged on the yoga mat and you’re doing it and you’re really trying to inhale and hold it and then have a long exhale, it is very relaxing,” Clinton told him.

According to CNN, alternate nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, has a long history in yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.

Proponents say that by infusing the body with oxygen, the breathing exercise calms the nervous system and boosts mental clarity and concentration, CNN reported.

After Cooper’s interview, media outlets from The Washington Post to HuffPost scrambled to find out more about it.

While it’s said to be relaxing, it can also energize, say practitioners, some of whom advise doing it twice a day.

It “gives you more energy and more focus … much better than coffee,” Leonard Perlmutter, a yoga expert and founder of the American Meditation Institute, told HuffPost.

“It’s better than two to three cups, but with no negative effect.”


 

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